WATCH: OLD-SCHOOL DAD: Makes Son Run To School Every Day As Punishment For Bullying
There are some pretty bad things you can find out your son or daughter has been doing at school, but one of the worst (save committing a crime, of course) is bullying.
Now, one dad is going viral with his way of dealing with it — and proponents of tough love are going to like his parenting methods a lot.
The father in the video, which was posted to Facebook on Saturday, is apparently named Bryan Thornhill, and his son is only shown from a distance. You’ll see why in a second.
“All right everybody, welcome to ‘Better Listen to Your Dad 2018,’” the father says at the beginning of the video, while sitting behind the wheel of his vehicle on a rainy morning.
The father then explains that his 10-year-old son Hayden was discovered to be bullying other students on the school bus.
Hayden, according to the father, “got kicked off the bus for three days because he was being a little bully.”
“Which I do not tolerate,” the father continues. “I cannot stand (bullies).”
“And therefore, he has to now run to school,” the father said, his phone camera trained on his running son. “We’re now about one mile from the school. So, all week, he’s got the experience of running to school.
“The good news is, hey guys, he keeps up a good mile pace, running at about six miles an hour so far.”
He goes on to say that his son was running in the rain due to the fact that he had talked back to his mother. Apparently, the dad was willing to let him off on the rainy days, but the young boy had to go and blow it.
WARNING: The following clip contains profane language that some viewers may find offensive.
“This right here is just simple,” the father explained. “Since he’s been running to school this week, his behavior has been much better, his teachers have approved of his behavior this week. He hasn’t gotten in trouble at school this week, where last week he was just absolutely out of his mind.”
“The Thornhill household does not tolerate” bullying, the father says. “If you don’t do what you’re supposed to, you’ll get punished. And, you know, I get creative with stuff, I’ve done all kinds of different things, but we’re going to make sure that, one way or another, his teachers are able to enjoy his company at school.”
The father went on to talk about gun control, tying it to the Parkland shooting by arguing that what we really need in America is parenting.
“I can’t lock them in my safe like I can guns,” Thornhill says. “I can control guns easily, forever. This I’ve got to make sure I control now, cause when I’m not around, he has free will.”
Now, the video is probably going to upset some people, but Thornhill is absolutely right. We are a country that’s lost the concept of tough love, coddling our children when they do wrong. That’s a major loss for our society. Proper discipline helps our children learn boundaries and sets them up to succeed. When we don’t discipline them properly or get creative with our discipline — particularly with something as serious as bullying — we end up simply encouraging the worst elements in our children at the expense of the good.
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