An Ohio dad has gone viral after he uploaded a video of his daughter walking 5 miles to school in 36-degree weather after she got kicked off the school bus for bullying one of her classmates.
Matt Cox, of Swanton, said in the Facebook video that his 10-year-old daughter, Kirsten, had been kicked off the school bus twice for bullying another student. As a result, Cox would now have to drive Kirsten to school. But instead, the father took the opportunity to discipline his daughter while also teaching her a lesson.
“Let me make this extremely clear, bullying is unacceptable, especially in my household,” Cox is heard saying in the video, shared on Monday. “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. Or even bus rides to school in the morning. All of that is a privilege and should be treated as such. So today my beautiful daughter is going to walk five miles to school in 36-degree weather.”
In the video, Kirsten is seen walking on the side of the road as Cox apparently followed behind in his car. While many on social media praised the father for his disciplinary skills, some accused him of “public shaming,” his child.
However, Cox stood by the punishment in an interview with WTVG.
“Parents need to hold their kids accountable. That was me showing how I hold my kid accountable,” Cox told the station. “I’m not going to be another parent that’s just going to brush things under the rug and say kids will be kids.”
The now viral video has been viewed 15 million times and shared over 338,000 times. Kirsten said she’s learned her lesson and said she’s also faced bullying.
“I was bullied many times by kids bigger than me,” she told WTVG.
Cox updated the Facebook post on Wednesday, writing,
“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,” he continued.
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