ROANOKE, VIRGINIA - A Virginia dad’s parenting skills are being both praised and criticized after forcing his son to run to school because he bullied another student.
“Welcome to ‘you better listen to your dad 2018,’” said Bryan Thornhill.
Thornhill posted a video to Facebook of his 10-year-old son running in the rain as he followed slowly behind in the family vehicle. His son had been kicked off the school bus for three days for bullying, so Thornhill decided to lay down the law and have his son run about one mile to school as punishment.
“My son has finally gotten in trouble on the bus enough to where he got actually kicked off the bus for three days because he was being a little bully, which I do not tolerate,” Thornhill said in the video.
Thornhill called it “old-school, simple parenting” and says his son’s behavior has improved.
“If you say we need gun control, people, here you go. This is what we need: parenting.”
The video has already racked up over 1 million hits but viewers are divided on whether it’s a genius punishment...or just plain cruel.
"Wow I just watched this video and cannot agree with this form of punishment for a child on this day. It was raining and the kid had to run a mile. So what is the kid to do sit in wet clothes while he's at school. And then he gets sick. Also have you noticed the amount of weight in that backpack the child was carrying. Not good for a child's back at all," one commenter wrote.
Others think the dad did the right thing.
“Hats off to the Dad, he’s disciplining his kid without hitting him or bullying him. Running in the rain wont hurt him. The parents whining about how this is bad are the ones raising kids who think the world owes them a living.”
Thornhill is hitting back at his haters, saying “if you get your panties in a wad seeing a kid jog… you probably need a lap or two.”