Girl gets suspended for bullying, father makes her walk to school

Frederick Owens
December 7, 2018

When Matt Cox's daughter was suspended from her school bus for three days, the U.S. father declined to drive her himself and ordered her to make her way in by foot, following behind in his auto from where he filmed her.

Instead of driving her to school as she expected him to, Cox made her walk the five miles in 36-degree weather in Swanton, News 5 Cleveland reports.

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

The father's video has been viewed more than 16 million times and received more than 67,000 comments.

Matt Cox posted to a now-viral video of his daughter walking down the road in 36 degree weather as he follows behind in his auto.

He later clarified to WTVG that the five miles were broken up over his daughter's three-day suspension. The vast majority of the reactions have been positive, with more than 160,000 people saying they liked or loved the video, and less than 1500 expressing shock, anger or sadness.

A father in the U.S. has been slammed for the harsh punishment he dished out to his daughter after discovering she had been bullying another child.

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Cox posted video of the punishment - and was swiftly met with the typical online cacophony of applause and boos.

"I realized she viewed the privilege of riding the bus and or vehicle rides to and from school as a right and not a privilege", he says.

"Bullying is unacceptable", Cox said in the video.

His daughter "still has all her extremities intact" and was "happy and healthy", he said.

Mr Cox added that many children feel entitled to privileges like being taken to school in the morning by vehicle or bus.

Cox told WTVG he thinks the punishment worked, but he would give his daughter those same consequences again if he had to. "I'm not going to be another parent that's just going to brush things under the rug and say, 'Kids will be kids'".

Not everyone has praised his decision, with many commenting the punishment was tantamount to "public shaming". "I hope that parents hold their kids accountable". "We as parents need to stop the bullying on the home front because bullying only breeds bullying", Cox said.

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