The internet is celebrating the impulsive decision of a father who stepped in to handle some disciplinary necessities with his son. The video of the teachable moment is going viral. While some feel like the method may be a little harsh, it is one lesson the man’s son isn’t soon to forget. And if he does, this video might jog his memory.
The story begins when a boy is kicked off a school bus because he was caught bullying. Bryan Thornhill’s 10-year-old son made the rest of the journey to school, in the rain, on foot. Thornhill followed close behind, but wanted the boy to know that what he’d done wasn’t acceptable.
“Hey everyone,” Thornhill says on the video, “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.”
“Therefore, he has to now run to school, we’re right about one mile from the school so all week he’s got the experience of running.”
“The good news is guys he keeps up a pretty good mile pace, 6 miles and hour so far. Yesterday he was apparently a little rude for Michelle in the morning, so even though it’s raining this morning he still gets to run.”
“I just wanted to show everybody and give you a good little laugh,” Thornhill said.
“Apparently the punishment has been working,” the Daily Mail writes, “as he claims his son’s behavior has ‘been much better’, and that his ‘teacher’s have approved of his behavior this week’.”
“He hasn’t got in trouble at school this week, whereas last week he was absolutely out of his mind. This right here is called parenting,” Thornhill says.
“We’re gonna make sure that one way or another his teacher’s are gonna be able to enjoy his company at school, he’s not disrupting his classmates and everything else.”
The lesson, Thornhill says, is for all of us–not just his disruptive son. “Teach your kids, don’t be a friend, be a parent. That’s what children need these days.”