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'Bullying is unacceptable' - OH dad's punishment for misbehaving daughter goes viral

07 December 2018

An Ohio man says he made his daughter walk five miles to school in the cold as a form of punishment after she was suspended from her school bus for bullying another student.

"As you see this morning, she is learning otherwise", Cox said in the video posted to Facebook on Monday.

On Monday, Cox shared a video on Facebook of his daughter walking along a road wearing her backpack.

"I was bullied many times by bigger kids than me", she told WTVG.

Do you think this father went too far, or was his punishment acceptable?

The lesson that he taught her also had a positive effect on her, as he shared that his daughter now has a new outlook on bullying.

Mr Cox described the unusual punishment as a "life lesson" and has won applause from many victims of bullying but others have questioned whether publicly shaming a child is an suitable way to teach them right from wrong. It was the second time she had gotten into trouble for bullying.

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Video: Dad forces daughter to walk 5 miles to school after suspended from bus for bullying

The video has since garnered nearly 400,000 shares and 17 million views and showed Cox following his daughter while she walked ahead, carrying her schoolbags.

"So in some ways, this father is doing the right thing of admitting and accepting his daughter's behaviour", she said.

"I just hope that through the video being shared kids can take a look and read some of the comments and tutorials on the post and see just how much words can hurt and cut deep and can have lasting effects on those involved sometimes in the most terrible cases life-ending effects", Cox said.

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

He says he would do it all over again because he believes it's made a difference. "I hope that parents hold their kids accountable". "Cure bullying with bullying", wrote user David Plackett. "Or even bus rides to school in the morning".

Mr Cox told News 5 Cleveland that he had shown Kirsten and his two other children the video and people's comments on it.

Matt Cox is a father of four from Ohio, US, who doesn't mess around when it comes to teaching his children a lesson.

'Bullying is unacceptable' - OH dad's punishment for misbehaving daughter goes viral