Dad's lesson on bullying goes viral

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Swanton resident Matt Cox posted a video to Facebook Monday that showed his daughter walking to school in the cold as punishment for bullying another student.

In the video, Cox said, "Let me be clear: Bullying is unacceptable, especially in my household".

"She said 'Daddy, you're going to have to take me to school next week, '" Cox said.

An Ohio father who made his daughter walk five miles (8km) to school as punishment for bullying has provoked a debate on parenting.

"I just hope that through the video being shared kids can take a look and read some of the comments and tutorials on the post and see just how much words can hurt and cut deep and can have lasting effects on those involved sometimes in the most bad cases life-ending effects", Cox said.

This was the second time that she had gotten into trouble for bullying.

"I just hope that through the video being shared kids can take a look and read some of the comments and tutorials on the post and see just how much words can hurt and cut deep and can have lasting effects on those involved sometimes in the most very bad cases life-ending effects", Cox told Fox4.

Dad's lesson on bullying goes viral
Dad's lesson on bullying goes viral

That five-mile walk to school was broken up over Kirsten's three-day suspension. You are doing the right thing and teaching her a lesson and yet you are following her to also make sure she is safe while walking.

His daughter understood that her bullying was the reason she was forced to walk, Cox said.

As it turned out, many people did agree with Mr Cox's method, said an ABC News report.

His divisive behaviour led some to point out that Mr Cox appeared to be guilty of bullying his own daughter, particularly as he filmed and shared the punishment, identifying his child by name. "Though she probably deserved to be punished, internet videos are forever".

Cox says he's received a lot of support from other parents, though some expressed anger and concern over his decision.

Cox told WTVG he thinks the punishment worked, but he would give his daughter those same consequences again if he had to. "Great idea", a comment reads.

"Parents need to hold their kids accountable, so, that was me showing how I am holding my kid accountable", Cox told WTVG.

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