An Ohio father of a 10-year-old girl made what many on the left would consider a controversial decision for refusing to drive her to school following a suspension from the bus driver for the second time, for bullying another student. Mr. Cox posted a video of his daughter walking to school as he drove behind her. While filming his daughter walking, Cox explained why he decided to make her learn the hard way not to bully her fellow students. The video has received millions of views on Facebook. Most of the comments were in support of Cox’s good parenting skills.
A dad in Ohio decided to take the long road in teaching his daughter a lesson about bullying.
Cox said he knew the decision would be divisive, but he wanted to teach his daughter, Kirsten, a lesson. Cox posted the video to social media on Monday and it has garnered 14 million views and tens of thousands of comments. Many of the comments are positive, but others said he was “overdoing it.”
In the video he addresses those who might disagree, saying, “I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this and that’s all right. I am doing what I think is right to teach my daughter a lesson to stop her from bullying.”
“Parents need to hold their kids accountable,” Cox said. “So 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.'”- ABC News
In the video, you see his daughter walking along the side of the road. Cox is following behind in his truck.
“My beautiful daughter is going to walk 5 miles to school in 36-degree weather,” he says.
He says he hopes that other kids will see this and make the choice to be kind instead.
"Let me make this extremely clear: Bullying is unacceptable."
Ohio dad makes his 10-year-old daughter walk 5 miles to school in 36-degree weather after she got suspended from the bus for bullying another student. https://t.co/TYVSeMel4X pic.twitter.com/Qtj9oxQvjv
— ABC News (@ABC) December 6, 2018
His daughter, Kirsten, says she’s learned her lesson, especially since she knows how it feels when people aren’t nice.
“I was bullied many times by kids bigger than me,” she said.
Cox says he’s received a lot of support from other parents, though some expressed anger and concern over his decision.
He says he would do it all over again because he believes it’s made a difference.
“I just want the kids to know that words truly do hurt. They cut very deep and have lasting effects. I hope that parents hold their kids accountable,” he said.
That five-mile walk to school was broken up over Kirsten’s three-day suspension. She finished the last two miles on Wednesday. –13ABC News
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