- Ohio parent Matt Cox decided to teach his daughter a lesson after she was suspended from riding the school bus for bullying another student.
- Over a three-day period, Cox forced his 10-year-old daughter to walk 5 miles to school in near-freezing temperatures.
- Cox is standing by the punishment, which has caused divided reactions on social media.
An Ohio dad’s unusual punishment of his 10-year-old daughter has ignited a debate on social media.
On Monday, Matt Cox shared to Facebook a video of his daughter, Kirsten, walking to school in near-freezing temperatures after she was suspended from riding the school bus for bullying another student, Toledo ABC affiliate WTVG reported.
The video shows Kirsten walking on the side of the road as Cox follows close behind in a car.
“Let me make this extremely clear,” Cox said in the video, according to People. “Bullying is unacceptable, especially in my household. 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 5 miles to school in 36-degree weather.”
It was reportedly the second time Kirsten had gotten into trouble for bullying others.
“I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this, and that’s alright,” Cox said. “I am doing what I think is right to teach my daughter a lesson to stop her from bullying.”
As Cox seemingly anticipated, the online response to his chosen punishment has been polarizing. Some applauded him for taking a stand, while others questioned whether he went overboard in trying to teach Kirsten a lesson.
Matt Cox is a hero. Children shouldn’t bully and mad props for correcting this daughter for bullying. A five mile walk in the cold gave her plenty of time to think about her actions.
— Jen (@spacebtwn1013) December 6, 2018
Matt Cox of Swanton, OH- shames his young daughter in front of billions online. Her face, city, and age is everywhere. Make your kid walk, sure. Don't share the shaming online. This dad is a bigger bully than the kid. Wonder where she got it.. ????????????
— Witches Against Trump (@Witches_RESIST) December 6, 2018
MATT COX, thank you for being an outstanding parent, 5 miles in that temperature is not hurting a child that's constantly moving; kids are soft enough already. Kids are committing suicide from being bullied. I wonder if all the Mass School shooters were ever punished, I doubt IT! https://t.co/O059aEVzJ5
— Alex Scott Samuel (@ASAMUELFEATURE) December 6, 2018
5 miles is a little much
— Sarah Gonzalez (@marcoheffy) December 7, 2018
Matt Cox, BRAVO!
— Cupcake Schotzie (@schotziejlk) December 6, 2018
You don’t correct poor behavior by your child with even worse behavior by the parents
— liberal republican (@Jeffsoulenation) December 7, 2018
Days after posting the video, Cox is standing by his decision.
“Parents need to hold their kids accountable,” Cox told WTVG. “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.”
Kirsten, whose 5-mile punishment was split over her three-day bus suspension, told WTVG she’s learned her lesson, especially since she’s been on the receiving end of her own behavior.
“I was bullied many times by kids bigger than me,” she said.
Cox shared an update to the original video Wednesday.
“Lesson learned!” Cox wrote on Facebook. “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.”
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