An Ohio dad forced his 10-year-old daughter to walk five miles to school as a form of public punishment after she was kicked off the school bus for bullying. In a controversial Facebook video that’s going viral, the girl trudges along the side of the road in 36-degree weather while father Matt Cox follows behind in his truck.
“I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this and that’s alright,” Cox said, adding that this was the second time daughter Kirsten had gotten in trouble for teasing other kids. “I am doing what I think is right to teach my daughter a lesson to stop her from bullying.”
The video, posted Monday, already has over 15 million views—and is getting a lot of mixed reactions. While some parents are supportive, others are outraged by what they’re calling “too much.” One parent commented, “Public shaming always harms. It can ruin your child’s future. She will always remember that her own dad/protector did this to her.”
Life lessons!!!!UPDATE: lesson learned! 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
Posted by Matt Cox on Monday, December 3, 2018
Despite the backlash, however, Cox has stood by the punishment. “Parents need to hold their kids accountable. I’m not going to be another parent that’s just going to brush things under the rug,” he explained. “I just want the kids to know that words truly do hurt. They cut very deep and have lasting effects.”
And between her walk to school and three-day suspension, Cox says that Kirsten has learned her lesson. He updated the original Facebook post, writing that she “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.”