Bullying has always been a problem for kids but with the advent of social media, it seems to be more prevalent now than ever before.
How to deal with bullies is up for debate, too, and now, one American dad has delivered his own brand of punishment after he discovered that his son was bullying other kids on the school bus.
Bryan Thornhill found out what his 10-year-old boy was up to decided to teach him a lesson. He posted a video of said lesson on Facebook and it subsequently went viral, garnering over 30 million views.
“Hey everyone, welcome to ‘You Better Listen to Your Dad 2018,’” Bryan says at the start of the video.
The clip, shot from his car, shows his son running in the rain on the side of the road with his backpack on while Dad narrates:
“My son has finally got in trouble on the bus enough to where he was kicked off the bus for three days because he was being a little bully, which I do not tolerate, can’t stand. Therefore, he has to now run to school.
“We’re right about one mile from the school so all week he’s got the experience of running.”
As soon as he found out what his boy was up to, Bryan decided that this form of punishment was appropriate and would put a stop to it.
“This right here is called parenting,” he stated.
“We’re gonna make sure that one way or another his teachers are gonna be able to enjoy his company at school – he’s not disrupting his classmates and everything else,” Bryan said.
It seems to have done the trick, too: Bryan said his son’s conduct had been “much better” and added that the “teachers have approved of his behaviour this week.”
“He hasn’t got in trouble at school this week [whereas] last week he was absolutely out of his mind,” Bryan said.
Unsurprisingly, some people do not approve of Bryan’s parenting and have labelled his punishment cruel and humiliating, but he is unconcerned and even encouraged other parents to take similar steps if they find themselves in his position.
“Teach your kids. Don’t be a friend, be a parent,” he said. “That’s what children need these days.”
What do you blokes reckon? Is this response over the top or was it necessary to pull his son into line? Let us know in the comments!
WATCH THIS LITTLE BULLY’S PUNISHMENT ON THE PLAYER BELOW: