Former Girl Scout troop leader fired over connection to Gothic website

CREATED Feb. 17, 2012 - UPDATED: Feb. 17, 2012

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WEST BEND- Stacy Hintz had been a troop leader of a West Bend troop of the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast for the past four years, and claims to have had a impeccable performance record.

However, she was let go -- not for her performance, but her connection to a website, wisconsinsickness.com.  The website has a section on serial killer Ed Gein (inspiration for The Silence of the Lambs) and a mention of Wisconsin porn stores as evidence that the Stacy and her husband were steeped in sin.

Hintz told Wisconsin's Afternoon News that website shouldn't be the reason for her firing.  "The only thing that in my personal opinion, I feel should be looked at in this situation, and that should be my performance within Girl Scouts.  And it has been completely spotless."

However,  Tracy Wayson, spokesperson for Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast said that Hintz's achievements on the job didn't matter.  "We didn't look into her performance at all...That was not the focus of our fact finding mission," said Wayson.

Hintz went on to say that she never showed the Girl Scouts any part of that website.  "I have never once exposed the girls to anything even remotely close to having to do with this other realm of my life."

According to Wayson, Hintz was removed from her leadership position was because she included links to Wisconsin Sickness, a website that goes against Girl Scout values, in emails about official Girl Scouts business.  "What we really need to step in on is when those personal activities seep into their role as a Girl Scout volunteer, and in this case, that's what happened."