Sheriff: End School Violence By Parenting, End Participation Trophies

Wisconsin Sheriff Dale Schmidt said the 'participation trophy' culture has led to children who can't cope with rejection

Juneau, WI - In the wake of the Florida school shooting, a Wisconsin sheriff is saying parents need to instill respect for authority in their children and discipline their children.

He added that more gun control “will do nothing more than place a very small band aid on a much bigger problem.”

Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt wrote the column March 1 and it was posted on the Dodge County Facebook page.

WITI-TV reported on Sheriff Schmidt’s post.

Sheriff Schmidt said gun control won’t solve the problem and wondered why children brought hunting rifles in their vehicles years ago and there were not as much violence back then as today.

“I think perhaps we are not evaluating the true root cause which is obviously very complex. We must make efforts to change our society as a whole,” Schmidt said. “It’s my belief that the root cause starts with our youth lacking basic skills including respect for authority figures like parents and teachers, the ability to cope with conflict and the ability to handle rejection.”

Sheriff Schmidt pointed to a culture that awards participation trophies as creating an environment where children aren’t equipped with dealing with future disappointments.

“When youth are not taught how to handle difficult situations, they must find their own way to cope, which without guidance may be result in unhealthy or even dangerous future behavior,” Sheriff Schmidt wrote.

Parents should not be abusive, but need to not rush to defend their children when teachers discipline them, he said.

“Teachers need to have the support of parents when they make disciplinary decisions and parents need to resist the urge of running to the defense of their children when a teacher feels the need to discipline,” Sheriff Schmidt wrote. “It undermines their authority and will likely be treated as an example for actions toward others in authority in the future.”

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bronx163
bronx163

Sheriff is right.
American kids are a bunch of pussies. Snow flakes and 11th place trophies.
Kids are sociopaths because they are not allowed to experience losing. You cant play kick
ball, tag, dodge ball, cops
and robbers coww boys
and indians, cant play
outside. Kids have
nonsocial skills. Play xbox
and ps4 all day never
interact with each orher outside. Smartphones and internet have destroyed interlect of children.

Brandywine
Brandywine

I agree! Growing up you either won or lost, you were taught about rejection and respect for others. You also had to figure out how to handle the bullies. These days there's no respect for others nor authority figures anymore. It's embarrassing!!!

hunter54
hunter54

Totally agree with the sheriff. When I went to school we had rifles and shotguns in our vehicles. Never a school shooting

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

You-you-you mean the guns didn't jump out of your vehicles and just start firing?

The liberal mindset has led to the "Snowflake" generation!

Grog
Grog

I've been saying this since the 80's when the "If it feels good , then do it because it's all about me " generation began. Kids today have NO, ZERO conflict resolution skills! Boys are now girls and girls are now boys and they are all pussies!

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Sheriff Schmidt nailed it! Kids raised living in fantasy world and cannot deal with reality. I hope to again see boys grow up to be men. Girls grow up to be women. And the weird and bizarre grow up in California.

angryAmerican
angryAmerican

As with anything, teachers should have limited authority to discipline! It used to be that kids feared the reaction of their parents more then the discipline of the teachers! THAT has to come back! Parents can't always be their kids best friends, they have to be PARENTS!

Bill d
Bill d

Discipline in school is racist according to leftists and Obama. They saw the most discipline was affecting certain people more than others. And in lieu of assuming it was due to certain people's behavior, they told the world evil racist teachers were simply practicing racism.
I see it with my own eyes, there is no discipline at home and kids think screaming fuck you to a teacher isnt wrong. Then they do what politicians teach them and scream racism.

Concerned parent
Concerned parent

I thought it was parents discipline too until yesterday when CMU was on lock down because a kid shot his parents. The father was a cop, so I find it hard to believe he was raised like an entitled pansy as you describe here. I had strict parents. They’d beat my ass with the belt if I messed up. I thought twice about anything I did. Now it’s considered abuse. They’d rather we put our kids on time out where they sit there and screw around, not giving one thought to the reason. Parents need their rights back that’s for sure. But I’ve seen good parents have shitty kids and shitty parents have good kids. Truth is, society has some part in bringing up the kids too. Their influenced at school, from friends, television, everything!! We’re just 1 of many things that are influencing our children. I do want to point out though that when we were kids, there was no such thing as mental illness in a child. Adderall didn’t exist. They keep medicating healthy kids for being normal. What’s the log term effect of a 6year old being treated for adhd? Psychopath maybe? Something to think about

MSK
MSK

This sheriff is correct. I cannot recall a single school shooting when I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s. Why? Because parents disciplined. They weren’t trying to be their kids best friend or worried about their kids having their feelings hurt if they didn’t get a trophy for losing. Also, if a teacher disciplined me I didn’t go home and whine and cry because my parents backed the teachers. Add the violence from video games and movies and the need for all these kids to be on Ritalin or some other psychotropic drug and it’s a recipe for disaster as has been proven

MarioT
MarioT

He is right, but this is only 1 piece of the puzzle. This perspective should be seen as a long term solution that would probably take generations to fix. Innocents are being murdered now and using this point of view as justification for doing nothing now is misguided.

Ian Stein
Ian Stein

Yes. The man with an associates degree is the authority on child psychology and the subsequent behavioral issues.

KathyC
KathyC

This article absolutely speaks the truth. And then when you add how often kids, especially boys, are drugged for no reason other than they are acting like boys, and you have a recipe which results in the kind of anti social, violent behavior we are seeing.

turnergal5$
turnergal5$

b1rd there is nothing racist about his comment. In fact, he is right on the nose. Instead of governing this country like he was elected to do, Dumbama chose instead to defens the criminal brats!! What president has ever - EVER- gone to a known drug thug’s funeral??? Right there set the tone of his presidency. He was always looking out for blacks that he decided had been wronged — majority criminals caught in the act of doing wrong I might add — and stood up for them! And now we are suffering the consequences of this dumbass in our society!!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I'm not sure what man you're talking about but it doesn't take someone who is supposedly educated to see that there are major issues with how children behave nowadays. If you don't think that the liberal agenda has screwed up our youth, then you're not paying attention.

Dotsy Maher
Dotsy Maher

Ian Stein you are a lamebrain...the so called authorities on child psych THESE days are dumber than you....
This man is an experienced sheriff who deals with fractured families every day..BTW DR. LAMEBRAIN STEIN..
UH... BILL GATES IS A COLLEGE DROP OUT....HE SEEMS TO HAVE HAD A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF COMPUTERS THAN IBM....OH AND MY EX HUSBAND HAS A MASTERS PHD AND MD....WHY?
BECAUSE HE WAS TOO STUPID TO GET IN MED SCHOOL...SO HE GOT IN 2 GRAD SCHOOLS AND JACKED GRANTS AND LOANS FOR 11 YEARS.
( YOU PAID FOR HIS GRAVY TRAIN)..OH YEAH HE HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF PATIENT MOLESTATION AND MURDER....
SO..
THESE DAYS WE ARE RIFE WITH PAPERED IMBECILE...LOTS OF LETTERS BEHIND THEIR NAMES...NO BRAINS ..NO MORALS...BUT MOST SALIENT..NO REAL EDUCATION

cliff_1954
cliff_1954

Too bad parents won't do parenting. They expect their little darlings to raise themselves with good moral standards or being mentored by senseless, or downright stupid people.

Orbital-relapse
Orbital-relapse

Like the educated experts that have brought us to this state have done a good job?