A group of boy scouts from Iowa recently returned from a weeks-long trip after getting stopped, detained and held briefly at gunpoint at the Canada-Alaska border.
When the troop was about 10 days into its trip, dozens of members were driving into Alaska and ran into trouble while crossing the border, according to KCII News.
One of the boy scouts on the trip took a photo of a border official, causing federal agents to stop the group and search their belongings.
Jim Fox, leader of Boy Scout Troop 111, said he was told by officers that it is a federal offense to take a picture of a border patrol agent.
“The agent immediately confiscated (the scout’s) camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison,” Fox said.
Then, while a scout was taking down luggage from one of the troop’s vans, an agent allegedly pointed a gun at his head.
“He hears a snap of a holster, turns around, and here’s this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man’s head,” Fox said.
Though no scouts were injured or arrested during the about four-hour-long incident, Fox said he was angry that it happened and it left the troop in fear.
Charles Vonderheid with the Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America said he thinks that it was important for scouts to learn about laws on the trip.
“We want to make sure they follow the rules. A Scout is a good citizen,” he said. “It would be a great lesson in civics for that young man and that troop.”
Source: KCII News, eichlervision.com