Dad has daughter, 10, walk 5 miles to school after bullying incident

Dad has daughter, 10, walk 5 miles to school after bullying incident

"So today my lovely daughter is going to walk five miles to school in 36 degree weather", Cox said in the now-viral video.

The viral clip showing Mr Cox's daughter make her way to her OH school in 2℃ temperatures has been viewed more than 15m times and the father is adamant his method of punsihment was justified.

The next morning Cox made her walk 8km to school in temperatures of 2C while he drove in the auto behind her.

Cox shared the video to his Facebook page on Monday, and at the time of this writing, the video has been viewed over 15 million times.

Matt Cox of Swanton said that his 10-year-old daughter was suspended from the bus last Friday. She admitted that she was "sad" after being bullied.

"Bullying is unacceptable", he said.

Cox told WTVG-TV that he wanted to use his daughter as an example.

"A lot of children today feel that the things their parents do for them is a right, not a privilege", he explained in the video, "such as parents taking their children to school in the morning or even bus rides to school in the morning".

"I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this and that's alright", he says.

Matt Cox from OH believes all children should be taught that these are privileges, not rights, just as they should be taught that they can easily lose them when they do something unacceptable.

He said walking 8 kilometres to school in 2 degrees Celsius weather was her punishment for bullying. Presumably she was never out in the cold for more than an hour or so at a time.

"I guarantee she got the idea it was okay from you".

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Some are questioning whether the punishment was too harsh. "Though she probably deserved to be punished, internet videos are forever". "Irony", one user commented.

Cox said he split Kirsten's punishment over three days and she finished on Wednesday.

Cox said he is doing what he feels is right.

He says he would do it all over again because he believes it's made a difference.

Numerous comments are positive, but others said he was "overdoing it".

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

Some parents congratulated Cox saying, "Well done" and "good job dad".

He videoed the punishment and took to Facebook to make a statement against bullying. "The hypocrisy lies with those who would let bullies go unpunished when a dose of their own medicine is the very best cure".

"There has to be ongoing conversations about bullying and the impact it has", Prof Espelage added. "So that was me showing how I hold my kid accountable".

They "seem to show a great deal of empathy towards some of the sad stories that I read with them", Mr Cox 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".

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