Bullying is an issue in which no one has a solution. There have been workshops, videos, books, and even motivational speakers who have attempted to tackle this sometimes deadly issue among our youth.
One parent was forced to find a solution quick when his 10-year-old daughter was actually kicked off of her school bus twice for bullying other students. She failed to understand why bullying was a bad thing so her father decided that it would be better to show her, rather than to tell her.
Matt Cox loves his daughter…so much so, he felt teaching her the error of her ways would be the best bet in helping her to understand human relations. After his daughter Kristen was reprimanded for bullying, Cox forced her to walk to school for days in 2C (36F) temperatures while he followed her in his car, according to BBC News.
He drove behind her and gave her speeches on why being a bully was not only unkind, but it was inhumane. This story could have ended right there, but it didn’t. Mr. Cox took the initiative a step further by recording the punishment and placing it on his Facebook page. This is where the story became one of controversy.
A man with a mission
There aren’t many parents out there who actually take responsibility for the actions of their children. Unfortunately, you have kids who are bullied now taking things into their own hands by bringing guns to school and suicide rates among young people are skyrocketing. So when Cox decided to teach his daughter accountability, he received mixed reviews from other parents.
“What a terrible thing to do,” said one parent on social media. “He is actually the bully by filming his daughter like that and posting it on social media.” Many parents felt Cox was “shaming” his daughter, rather than teaching her a lesson on being kind.
Although he received negative comments from some parents, he found that most parents were actually grateful for what he had done. “Wish more parents took the time to hold their children accountable for unacceptable behavior,” said one parent who appreciated the move Cox had made.
Cox understood that he would get mixed emotions, but in the end, he didn’t really care about the thoughts of others. “I’m doing what I feel is right to teach my daughter a lesson and to stop her from bullying,” Cox said in his Facebook post. “I can only hope that this inspires other parents to hold their kids accountable for bullying,” Cox continued.
Over 68,000 parents felt the need to comment on the post, and the comments aren’t slowing down. People are sharing their mixed views on whether the punishment fit the crime, and although they may not agree on the punishment, one thing is for sure…they all agree that bullying is something that must be stopped.