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: