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Ohio Dad Defends His Controversial Punishment For Daughter Who Bullied Classmate, Despite Public Criticism

Being a parent is far from easy, particularly when people criticize almost every decision parents make.

Matt Cox of Swanton, Ohio, found himself surrounded by such criticism after he posted a video showing how he chose to punish his 10-year-old daughter, Kristen, after she was banned twice from riding the school bus for bullying her fellow students.

Because of this, Cox would need to drive Kristen to school.

He decided to handle the situation differently.

Life lessons!!!!UPDATE: lesson learned! Still has all her extremities intact is happy and healthy and seems to have a new outlook on bullying as well as a new appreciation for some of the simple things in life she used to take for granted #HOLDOURKIDSACOUNTABLE #STOPBULLYING

Posted by Matt Cox on Monday, December 3, 2018

In the video, which has been viewed millions of times, Cox calls his daughter’s actions “unacceptable.”

Cox says:

“Let me make this extremely clear, bullying is unacceptable, especially in my household.”

In the video, Cox describes parents taking their children to school as a “privilege.” And instead of affording Kristen this privilege, Matt had his daughter walk five miles to school in 36-degree weather.

Matt knew that his actions would come under scrutiny.

“I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this, but that is alright. Because I am doing what I feel is right to teach my daughter a lesson and to stop her from bullying.”

The story was picked up by Good Morning America.

During the interview, Cox stated:

“Parents need to hold their kids accountable. That was me showing how I hold my kid accountable.”

Kristen said she had learned her lesson, explaining her bad choices:

“I was bullied many times by bigger kids than me.”

As he anticipated, Cox’s parental choices have caused quite a controversy.

Some people feel the distance and weather were too extreme, and that his Facebook video added an element of shame.

However, many others feel as though Cox’s choice was creative and effective.




Whether or not you agree with Cox’s disciplinary style, we doubt Kristen will forget the lesson he taught her.

H/T: Facebook, Twitter, People

Written by B Miller

Travel lover, dog Mom, Slytherin, future wifey.