Dad's Punishment for Bullying Goes Viral

Pauline Gross
December 7, 2018

The dad of a 10-year-old girl made his daughter walk five miles to school as punishment for bullying another child.

A United States father's decision to make his 10-year-old daughter walk kilometres to school over three days as punishment for bullying is causing controversy among parents online.

Mr Cox published the video later that day, and since then it has been watched over 16 million times and shared on the social media platform almost 350,000 times.

A father from OH posted a video on Facebook showing his daughter walking to school in the cold while he drives slowly behind her - and it sparked strong reactions from viewers. "So today, my attractive daughter is going to walk five miles (eight kilometres) to school in 36 degree (2C) weather".

"As you see, this morning she is learning otherwise".

Some felt his decision to share the video on social media was the wrong move.

"She, along with my other two children, seem to show a great deal of empathy towards some of the sad stories that I read with them", Cox said.

"I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this and that's all right".

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After 10-year-old Kirsten was suspended for three days from the school bus for a second-time bullying offence, Matt Cox chose to teach her a life lesson.

"A lot of children today feel that the things their parents do for them is a right and not a privilege, such as parents taking their children to school in the morning", he continued.

'Parents need to hold their kids accountable.

"Let me make this extremely clear: Bullying is unacceptable", Cox says in the video.

Cox has since updated his post, saying his daughter has learned her lesson.

Cox told WTVG he thinks the punishment worked, but he would give his daughter those same consequences again if he had to. She probably spends at least that much time every day during the winter running around outdoors at recess or after school with her friends.

He then posted the video to Facebook under the caption 'Life lessons'.

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