A man in Ohio made his daughter walk five miles to school to punish her for bullying in a school bus, and his Facebook post has prompted discussion online.
Ten-year-old Kirsten was suspended for three days from her school in the town of Swanton after getting into trouble for the second time for bullying. As punishment, her father, Matt Cox, made her walk to school while he drove behind her.
Cox posted a video of his daughter walking to school on his Facebook page, and it has been viewed over 18 million times and commented on tens of thousands of times.
Cox can be heard in the video saying:
Bullying is unacceptable. This is my small way of trying to stop it in my household.
I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this and that’s alright.
I am doing what I feel is right to teach my daughter a lesson and to stop her from bullying.
Some people agreed with the way in which he decided to punish his daughter. Others criticised him for posting the video online, and accused him of shaming his child.
Danielle Dunscombe wrote:
Awesome tough love!!! I bet the parents of the child/children that were bullied thank you to the moon and back!!
Tara Romanovitch added: 'Thompson Kudos to you dad! If only more parents would hold their children responsible for their poor choices. Every choice does indeed have a consequence. Walking 5 miles won’t kill her. And clearly her dad is making sure she’s safe. High five.'
Facebook user Patty Daly Gaitan disagreed slightly: ‘It’s a good concept, because children need consequences. But I’m not a fan a shaming your children on social media.’
‘Isn’t uploading this to Facebook for likes and recognition a way of bullying your own daughter?’ user Brandon S Allen asked. ‘I don’t disagree with the punishment, only you exploiting the punishment for Facebook likes. Then you hashtag #stopbullying by bullying lol.’
Cox later posted an update: 'Lesson learned!' he wrote.
Still has all her extremities intact is happy and healthy and seems to have a new outlook on bullying as well as a new appreciation for some of the simple things in life she used to take for granted #HOLDOURKIDSACOUNTABLE #STOPBULLYING’