A Virginia man went viral after he forced his “bully” son, to chase after the school bus in the rain.
Bryan Thornhill, of Virginia decided the best punishment for his son was to make him run over 1-mile to school, after the 10-year-old was banned from the bus because of bullying another child.
Bryan Thornhill filmed his son running to school in the rain as he drove behind.
“Hey everyone, welcome to ‘you better listen to your Dad 2018’.
“My son has finally got in trouble on the bus enough to where he was kicked off the bus for three days because he was being a little bully which I do not tolerate, can’t stand.”
Some parents agreed with this dad’s own style of discipline.
During the video, Thornhill claims his son keeps up a “good six mph pace”. He also said the punishment was paying off as his son’s behavior had already improved.
“This right here is called parenting.”
Others disapproved of Thornhill’s punishment.
Wendy Walsh writing: “Horrible horrible example of parenting. Videotaping your child’s punishment on social media?!
“Really. Demeaning and humiliation are not good parenting tools! Hope you get charges brought against you!”
Here’s what I think… Bullies are made at home. There is a reason the son acts out this way towards other kids. Although I do agree that some sort of discipline is necessary, there is a fine line between discipline and humiliation. Having your 10-year-old run over a mile to school, record it and post it to social media is humiliating.
There is an obvious disconnect between the father and his son. Thornhill should have instead taken this opportunity to address why the son is acting out. Instead of recording your son and posting the video to social media, how about running with your son? Show him that there are consequences to what we choose to do but that you both are a team and in it together. That is what I believe should have happened. Hopefully the child can get the help or hug he really needs.