Father Makes Bully Daughter Walk Eight Kilometres To School

Blanche Robertson
December 7, 2018

He was trailing her in a auto.

A dad in OH who took a unique approach in addressing his daughter's bad behavior at school is receiving both praise and criticism.

He said walking 8 kilometres to school in 2 degrees Celsius weather was her punishment for bullying.

"Bullying is unacceptable", he said.

"I also hope that parents see the video and start holding their kids accountable for their actions and stop sweeping their child's actions under the rug with the ideology that kids will be kids", he said, according to News5.

"I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this and that's alright", Cox can be heard saying during the video, which runs almost two minutes. Image: Facebook/ Matt Cox.

His 10-year-old daughter Kristen was suspended from using the school bus after she was bullying other students on two occasions.

The 10-year-old told WTVG she herself had been bullied and now knows to be kind.

As of Thursday the video was shared over 330,000 times.

"As the grandparent of an autistic boy who has been the victim of neighbourhood bullies, I applaud you! More parents should act like you".

The Ohio father shared video of her punishment as he slowly followed her inside his auto, as she walked in 36-degree weather. She probably spends at least that much time every day during the winter running around outdoors at recess or after school with her friends.

Swanton Ohio was made to walk to school by her father after she was suspended for bullying
Matt Cox FacebookKirsten Cox 10 of Swanton Ohio was made to walk to school by her father after she was suspended for bullying

"You are teaching your child accountability for her actions and I fully support your tough approach with her." wrote Kate Millar Young.

"I was bullied many times by kids bigger than me", she said.

Not everyone has praised his decision, with many commenting the punishment was tantamount to "public shaming".

"Friday, when my daughter brought home her paperwork for her bus suspension, she said "Daddy, you're going to have to take me to school next week".

But other users criticized Cox's behavior.

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".

We asked BBC readers to tell us what they thought of Mr Cox's parenting strategy.

"Awful. Any parent that betrays their child's privacy so they can get their moment of fame and pat on the back is appalling".

He says he hopes that other kids will see this and make the choice to be kind instead.

He videoed the punishment and took to Facebook to make a statement against bullying.

Someone else commented: "Cure bullying with bullying".

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