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ST. MICHAELS, Md. (CAP) - Forty-five seventh and eight graders were hospitalized yesterday, some with life-threatening injuries, after a Boy Scout troop led by retired Bush Administration Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld invaded the lodge of a cross-town rival.
"It was really bad," said one badly injured Scout who asked not to be identified. "I think I'd rather be sexually abused by my Scout leaders again rather than have to ever relive that."
According to witnesses, 25 boys from Rumsfeld's Troop 73 were wielding pinewood derby cars fashioned into weapons when they surrounded the meeting cabin of Troop 106 and stormed through the front entrance shortly after the troop's 3:30 p.m. meeting began.
"I had a funny feeling that something like this was going to happen from the moment he took over," said Tom Wilson, father of 14-year-old Dominic Wilson. "I went to the first meeting and he kept using terms like deployment and insurgency.
"He kept bringing up some mission," said Wilson. "I think he called it a search for something."
The former defense secretary retired to his Maryland home in November after resigning his post amidst a firestorm of criticism over his handling of the war in Iraq.
Rumsfeld had accused Troop 106 leader Sam Duschene of ciphering off money earned at the last Boy Scout cake auction to embellish the troops' meeting cabin, said Rumsfeld's attorney, Sal D'Angelo.
"Look. All I have to say is that I was trying to do the retire thing, when this dictator of a troop leader started bringing this on himself," said Rumsfeld as he walked into district court.
Rumsfeld was released after posting the $5,000 cash bail. A hearing is scheduled for next month.