OH dad makes girl walk miles to school for bullying on bus

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2018

He believes his daughter learned her lesson about bullying and will now appreciate the bus ride to school.

It remains unclear, for example, if she was suspended from riding the school bus because she bullied another student on the bus, or if she was given an in-school suspension for another reason. It was the second time she had gotten into trouble for bullying.

The video shows the student walking along a road with her backpack on and another tote in her hand.

"She said 'Daddy, you're going to have to take me to school next week, '" Cox said.

Earlier this year, in Virginia, another dad made his son jog to school after he was kicked off the bus for bullying, the Ledger-Enquirer reported.

Cox also said his punishment for his daughter will ensure she learns to appreciate privileges that she otherwise might have taken for granted.

Prof Dorothy Espelage of the University of Florida, a psychology researcher and expert on youth bullying, told the BBC it is far more common for parents of bullies to not admit their child is in the wrong. Cox says he recognizes how it could be perceived but he says he had to correct her behavior. "I just thought friends and family would see it, and then a friend asked me to make it public so that they could share it", he told the station.

"I admire this father for his action".

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

"Awful. Any parent that betrays their child's privacy so they can get their moment of fame and pat on the back is appalling".

"It's good to see that some parents still control their children instead of the other way round".

Cox says he's received a lot of support from other parents, though some expressed anger and concern over his decision. "Cure bullying with bullying", wrote user David Plackett.

"There has to be ongoing conversations about bullying and the impact it has", Prof Espelage added.

Cox told WTVG he thinks the video has made a difference, so he'd do the same thing again.

School buses are pictured on January 15, 2013 in New York City.

Now, people are questioning whether the punishment was too harsh.

Matt hopes that children and parents alike start to take the threat of bullying more seriously.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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