An Ohio father, who made his 10-year-old trudge five miles to school in cold weather as a punishment, faced criticism online.

Some followers on social media questioned Matt Cox’s parenting style after a video of the dad’s tough lesson on bullying went viral.

Cox told WTVG, he had to come down hard on his daughter after he learned she was kicked off her bus twice for bullying another student.

In a clip posted to Facebook, the father followed his daughter inside his car as she slowly walked in 36-degree weather.

In the video he said:

“I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this and that’s alright.

I am doing what I think is right to teach my daughter a lesson to stop her from bullying.”

Watch the clip below:

Cox explained in the video that many children feel entitled to great advantages like being taken to school in the morning by bus or car. He said:

“A lot of children today feel that the things their parents do for them is a right, not a privilege, such as parents taking their children to school in the morning or even bus rides to school in the morning.”

According to the station, Kirsten’s walked each day of her three-day school bus suspension this week.

The 67,000 commenters that viewed the clip both condemned and praised Cox for his lesson.

Commenters who supported his punishment wrote:

95-year-olds used to walk 25 miles to school in 2 feet or more of snow No issues here that I see …

Hero parents. Amazing lesson. She will likely think twice before she does this again. Well handled.

Tough love. It takes a very very strong ( and brave ) parent to do this in this world today. You daughter is very very lucky to have you as a DAD !

While others expressed concern over his decision:

I’m sorry but putting a video of your child being punished to 15 plus million people is child abuse and bullying at its finest. Can you imagine the humiliation? While the punishment is in line. The father’s way of making this public is beyond horrific. Shame on all of you for thinking this is ok. No doubt that children who bully are bullied at home.

I think a better lesson could have been taught if you walk beside her and had a conversation. Maybe she’s acting out because she wants attention.

Considering the temperatures I didn’t maybe a mile or two would have been enough.

Cox said Kirsten learned her lesson. She understands that bullying other children won’t be tolerated in his home.

Watch the video:

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8 Replies to “Dad Learns His Daughter Was Suspended From Bus for Bullying. Now He’s Making Her Walk the 5 Miles”

  • David W. Olson 2 years ago

    … The comment that Daddy (or Mommy or older sibling) do the walk with her has merit. So would letting her ride her bicycle instead…

  • Norm Schain 2 years ago

    I’m a therapist. I understand both points of view and feel they each have merit. Ultimately if this ten year old remembers this consequence and learns from it and does not repeat the behavior that led to the suspension, this will go down as a positive outcome. I also hope that the relationship between father and daughter remains strong.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    First of all, I am one of those “bleeding heart liberals” who was raised by a bloody strict Asian mother. I quite agree with this Mr. Cox in his action. It’s not the first time his daughter had bullied another child, it was the second time she has done this. Maybe Mr. Cox already tried the discussion method first and it failed.
    He isn’t proposing beating his child and yes, she may be embarrassed but we don’t have an idea of what his daughter did to the other child nor are the parents or other adults asking that critical question of “what about those children she bullied”. She’s getting a lesson of “the consequences for her actions.”

    Most children & adults forget that their actions are a reflection on their family & community as a whole. I don’t believe in corporal punishment but a little bit of shaming isn’t a bad thing and it definitely isn’t abuse when used sparingly. If you think it is, then it is critical to give concrete options but remember this, not all children respond the same just like adults don’t either.

  • TeAcher 2 years ago

    I commend this father for taking the time to teach his child that her actions have consequences. As a teacher I see so often parents making excuses and complaining if any sort of reasonable expectations are set for their child. I welcome anyone to come sit in the classroom and observe the levels of disregard and disrespect for adults and other students. If more people stepped up as parents like Mr.Cox this world would become a better place.

  • Bat Fang 2 years ago

    My question is what is it that she did that was considered bullying? In this leftist ‘oh my gosh you hurt my feelings’ world we live in, I wonder if she actually bullied someone or just said something someone didn’t like and it was twisted into being perceived as bullying. So, what did she actually do?

  • Navi Smalls 2 years ago

    This gentleman is really awesome I really appreciate what he is doing am not saying we all should be harsh on kids but sometimes we need to give them little awareness that whatever they do to other kids are not acceptable specially bullying. You are amazing sir, it need courage to show people about this that his daughter was bullying someone and now he decided to give her little punishment for her actions. Good job well done ??

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