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Boy Scout Left Outside During ‘Monsoon’ Was Killed in Storm. Family Is Suing Organization for Not Listening

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The parents of 14-year-old scout Elijah Knight are speaking about the falling tree accident that killed their son after filing suit against the Atlanta Boy Scouts.

According to Stephen and Courtney Knight, the adults on the camping trip ignored a weather advisory and failed to direct Elijah to shelter, reports Fox 5.

Authorities say on June 25, 2018, the teen was camping at the Bert Adams Scout Camp near Covington, Georgia, with his scouting group when the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning.

Newton County resident, Ben Robinson, told WSBTV:

“It was a monsoon. It was pretty rough with high winds.”

The wrongful death lawsuit states that the Boy Scouts didn’t “evacuate all campers to a nearby building.” Elijah Knight and his tent mate were left outside in a canvas tent during the storm, “with strong winds, lightning, and hail.”

The boy was killed when a tree came crashing down on his tent.

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Elijah’s father Stephen Knight said in a statement:

“Having joined the horrible club of parents who have lost a child, and especially the community of parents whose child died in a scouting event.

We hope to make systemic safety improvements that will preserve and protect the lives of many other children in the future.”

He told AJC:

“This shouldn’t have happened.”

The teen’s death isn’t the first at the campground.

In 1999 a father and his 7-year-old died. In 2107 another teenager died at the same scout camp, reports AJC.

The Atlanta Scouts released a statement following Elijah’s death.

On behalf of the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, executive Tracy Techau offered her deepest condolences to Elijah and his family.

In a statement to FOX 5 Atlanta she wrote:

This is a very difficult time for our Scouting family. We are sad to confirm the death of one of our Scouts following a weather-related incident at Bert Adams Scout Camp … We will support them in any way that we can.

The family is seeking damages for an unspecified amount to cover funeral expenses.

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  1. Unless you can accompany your child on a camping trip or school outing, you are allowing your child to be reliant on others. And who are these people? Total strangers who have no interest in your child. Most of them are so busy on their devices they’re probably totally oblivious to the weather. Just because a scout master has skills for identifying plants, following a trail or setting up a tent doesn’t make them human caring individuals, They are the basic environmentalist. Think about that.

  2. As an Assistant Scout Master for a Troop in Fort Worth, TX I find the comments by anonymous rather ignorant and uninformed. Most of the adult leaders in Troops have children that are scouts in that Troop.
    We are interested in keeping everyone safe.

    All adult leaders are supposed to be trained in Hazardous Weather events and what to do when bad weather is approaching.

    Apps on our phones alert us to approaching weather through the NWS/NOAA.

    It will be interesting to find out why the training was not followed.

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