Father teaches 10-year-old daughter a simple but powerful lesson, makes her walk five miles to school as punishment for bullying
A father decided to teach his daughter that bullying was a horrible habit after she was kicked off the school bus for it. This was the second time she had been caught bullying
A father from Ohio decided to teach his 10-year-old daughter a lesson about bullying and punished her by making her walk five miles to school in 36 degrees. The child had been suspended from the bus for bullying. Matt Cox from Swanton took to Facebook to share that his daughter had been suspended from the bus last Friday and it was the second time that she had gotten caught for bullying. The girl told her father that he would need to drive her to school for a whole week. As reported by WEWS-TV, Cox shared, "I realized she viewed the privilege of riding the bus and or car rides to and from school as a right and not a privilege."
The five-mile walk to school was broken up over her three-day suspension. She finished the last two miles on Wednesday.
Instead of driving her to school, Matt made his daughter walk to school while he slowly drove behind her and recorded her on his cell phone. He then proceeded to upload the video to Facebook along with the caption, "Life Lessons." The video quickly went viral and has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. In the video, Cox can be seen talking to his daughter about her actions resulted in her punishment and Cox shared that his daughter also understood that she was being made to walk because of her bullying. In the footage, Cox shares, "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," Matt continued. "Parents need to hold their kids accountable. That was me showing how I hold my kid accountable. I'm not going to be another parent that's just going to brush things under the rug and say kids will be kids," he told WTVG-TV.
His daughter also accepted the lesson her father was trying to teach her, especially after she read the comments to her dad's post and now knows how it feels when people are not being nice to her "I was bullied many times by kids bigger than me," she said. Matt has received both positive and negative comments regarding his parenting technique but he believes his 'lesson' has made a difference in his daughter's life.
As a response to one his Facebook posts, Matt says, "I'm just trying to raise them to treat others as they would want to be treated themselves and I hope other parents stand up and hold their kids accountable maybe this next Generation wouldn't be the way they are today."