What do you want to be?: Sheep vs Sheepdog = Leader vs Follower

 

As I read the article “Sex Assaults in High School Sports Minimized as “Hazing”, I was reminded of the movie American Sniper’s famous scene entitle “The Sheepdog Speech”.

There are three kinds of people in this world — sheep, wolves and sheepdogs. The sheep prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in this world. The wolves use violence to prey on the weak. The sheepdogs are blessed with the gift of aggression and possess an overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed, who live to confront the wolf.

Watch the video:  https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=aaplw&p=sheepdog+speech+from+american+sniper#id=1&vid=bf0684933b4a67b19f45a70591695831&action=click

It is a wonderful scene where a father teaches his sons that able-bodied men were meant to be strong, courageous and have a duty to protect the weak and the vulnerable. Otherwise, people can be hurt and experience humiliation. Read the article, Sex Assaults in High School Sports Minimized as Hazing (see link below). It never occurred to me that, student-on-student sexual assault was even a possibility within team sports. Because there is an apparent effort to keep this quiet, I think this is an excellent article for a high school health class to discuss the concept  There are three kinds of people in this world — sheep, wolves and sheepdogs. In this situation what category would you have fit in?

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ap-sex-assaults-high-school-sports-minimized-hazing-041634130.html

In preparation for a discussion, show the students the short video, and then assign the article for the students to read. Project the *outline on the board so students can properly identify who / what type of person earns a spot in each category.

* OUTLINE TO BE PROJECTED:

Category: Sheep require more attention than any other class of livestock, endless attention and meticulous care. They have little or no means of self-defense. They are helpless, timid, feeble creatures whose only recourse is to run. For sheep to be at rest, they must have a definite sense of freedom from fear, tension, aggravation and hunger.

• students who
• coaches who
• coaches once
• assaulted students who
• assaulted students who
• a bystander student
• bystander students
• bystander students
• team members

Category: Wolves – predators that will run sheep until they drop and are capable of killing an entire flock if they are not protected.

• upperclassmen who

Category: Sheep Dog—works along with a shepherd to care and protect the sheep.

• the nurse
• a student
• students who
• students who
• parents who

DISCUSSION POINTS:

Category: Sheep require more attention than any other class of livestock, endless attention and meticulous care. They have little or no means of self-defense. They are helpless, timid, feeble creatures whose only recourse is to run. For sheep to be at rest, they must have a definite sense of freedom from fear, tension, aggravation and hunger.

The Sheep:
• Students who never expected an assault.
• Coaches who didn’t properly supervise their students / never expected upperclassmen would sexual assault / or assault the younger players. (Upperclassmen’s role was to mentor the younger players and model proper behavior.)
• Coaches once informed didn’t protect their players.
• Assaulted students who didn’t tell their parents
• Assaulted students who didn’t tell their coaches/school administration
• A bystander student who didn’t tell his parents he had been sexually assaulted by upperclassmen of the team because — being on the team was more important.
• Bystander students who didn’t protect the younger students from being harmed
• Bystander students who had observed the assaults but didn’t inform parents
• Team members who felt they had a duty to uphold team “tradition”

What is the motivation for the sheep to not fight back? I’m referring to:

1. One sheep — unfair fight — older, bigger boys against 1 younger, smaller boy
2. Sheep — rest of the team — why didn’t they fight the upperclassmen, protect the younger boys, or as a group go to the coaches, identity by name the upperclassmen assaulting the younger boys.
3. Sheep — coaches, school authorities who underreported assaults so parents don’t know.

They didn’t fight back because of fear; they were intimidated and had something to lose. By not asserting their power (which was numbers), they lost control of the situation.
B. Elliot Hopkins, a sports safety expert at the National Federation of State High School Associations, “if anyone knew that their kid was going to run the risk of being sexually assaulted to be part of a team, we wouldn’t have anyone playing any sports.

Category: Wolves – predators that will run sheep until they drop and are capable of killing an entire flock if they are not protected.

• upperclassmen who sexually assaulted younger or smaller players

In this article (talking about high school sports), what is the motivation of the wolves? The article states, “the older players use sexual violence to exert domination over newer or smaller boys (vulnerable) vying to be on the team. MOTIVATION — POWER over others. “What’s worse for a young jock than to be emasculated to the lowest level, to be like a girl (Susan Lipkins — psychologist)? The coach has to be in charge of who plays and how they play. It is the job of the coaches to create an environment where every player has an opportunity to succeed. The older players are to mentor the younger players.

Category: Sheep Dog — works along with a shepherd to care and protect the sheep.

• the nurse who contacted authorities
• a student who told a coach expecting him to do his job
• students who fought back when attacked
• student / students who told parents / coaches
• parents who sued the school district

What is the motivation for the Sheep Dog (nurse who contacted authorities, students who fought back, told parents/coaches and the parents who sued) to do the right thing?

1. The nurse at the hospital was not affiliated with the team or the school. Her reputation, integrity was associated with the hospital and medical rules of ethics. By law, she had to report.
2. The students who physically fought the attackers were saving their masculine reputation, and did what they were supposed to — tell their immediate authority who was supposed to do the right thing. The teenagers were not expected to solve this problem.
3. The parents were fighting for their kids — they wanted justice which would be that the predators be charged with a crime.

IMPORTANT QUESTIONS:

1. Does it take a lot of wolves to create chaos by intimidating/silencing others?

2. What category do you fit into? Explain why you know you are______________. Then explain why you know you aren’t a ________________ and a _____________________.

Are you a Sheep?
Are you a Wolf?
Are you a sheepdog?

3. There are a lot of kids on a baseball or football team. A small portion of the team created the problem. The majority had numbers. They could have used those numbers to make an impression physically or verbally.

THINGS TO CONSIDER:

Concept 1 = It’s against the law — Assault by penetration is defined as:
Any male or female penetrates the anus of another person without their consent. The offense is committed where the penetration is by a part of the body (for example, a finger) or anything else (for example, an object) for sexual intent.

Concept 2 = Consequences are huge — at best placed on a sex offender list, jail time depends on the ages of perpetrator and victim.

RESOURCES:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ap-sex-assaults-high-school-sports-minimized-hazing-041634130.html

Sheepdog Speech from American Sniper:  https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=aaplw&p=sheepdog+speech+from+american+sniper#id=1&vid=bf0684933b4a67b19f45a70591695831&action=click

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2785737/A-finger-forced-rectum-shoved-mouth-Details-horrific-hazing-football-players-New-Jersey-high-school-revealed.html

 

 

 

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