This week I spent a fair amount of time at the National High School Finals Rodeo that is held here in Rock Springs where there is somewhere around 6,000 high school kids here from all over the U.S., Canada and Australia competing in 10 days of high school rodeo. A few days ago, I was sitting outside the NRS trailers talking with Chance and a mother and her 7ish year old screamed by. The mother was dragging the little boy by while he was screaming and crying "I want that rope." As they made their way in front of us, he grabbed her arm, shoved it in his mouth and proceeded to bite her as hard as he could. She threatened that if he "didn't quit she was going to give him a spanking." About 10 yard down the midway, he grabbed the bag she was carrying and ripped it out of her hands, spilling the contents on the ground. As she bent over to pick them up, he continued screaming, stomping his feet and crying. As they started out of the midway, he came up behind her and kicked her to which he got a
In addition to my horror after this scene, it came to my attention that the bad behavior continued inside the trade show. Over the loud speaker it was announced "God doesn't like thieves".....many vendors have questioned themselves about attending the NHSFR in the future because of the amount of merchandise that has been stolen this year. In the booth next to ours, the vendor caught a kid stealing a bit from her shop. She called the cops, the coach and went to the parents. When the parents were told what the kid had done, they weren't upset, they did NOTHING! NHSFR however did do something....the kid was disqualified and sent home.....all the way back to Florida.
I believe in responsibility, I believe in discipline, I believe in consequences, I believe in integrity and I believe in butt whoopins'.