OH father's punishment of bully daughter prompts outrage, accolades

Erika Holt
December 7, 2018

He said this was the second time Kirsten has gotten in trouble for bullying and she was given a three-day suspension.

The Ohio father hopes that when others view the video, they will learn just how much words can hurt others.

The father explained his daughter brought home a note from the school on Friday explaining she had been suspended from the busing service.

"Humiliate her by putting her on Facebook being punished".

"She said 'Daddy, you're going to have to take me to school next week, '" Cox said. He also told her that she wouldn't be walking if she'd been nice to the other student, instead of bullying her. Her father said it was time to teach her a lesson.

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

"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", Cox told WEWS.

Cox knows that his method won't sit well with other parents, but he's ok with that, since he believes that's the best way he can teach his "beautiful daughter" accountability.

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

"So children, if you're watching this, please understand that bullying is unacceptable everywhere and will not be tolerated".

Prof Espelage says that children are less likely to act out if behaviours have consequences, but she would suggest a different approach than walking in the cold.

"Awful. Any parent that betrays their child's privacy so they can get their moment of fame and pat on the back is appalling". "Cure bullying with bullying", wrote user David Plackett.

"Good measure! My son was bullied too".

"There has to be ongoing conversations about bullying and the impact it has", Prof Espelage added.

School buses are pictured on January 15, 2013 in New York City.

Kirsten said she's learned her lesson, saying it makes her "sad" when people aren't nice. "That was me showing how I hold my kid accountable. I hope that parents hold their kids accountable", he said.

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