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.”

Comments
Orbital-relapse
Orbital-relapse

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

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.

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

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.