Dad punishes daughter for bullying but some believe he took it too far

Ohio dad wanted to teach his bullying daughter a lesson, but did he take it too far?


We guess the award of the parent of the year goes to Matt Cox for his ultimate parenting style. This father decided he wouldn’t put up with his daughter’s bad manners and was ready to show that to the world.

His action was supposed to serve as a reminder and an inspiration for other parents to make sure their kids turn into nice people. However, it resulted in divided opinions, and whereas some believed he came up with the perfect punishment, others say it’s way too strict.  

When we hear of stories of bullying we always feel sorry for the victim, and secretly hope that the bully gets what they deserve. This is exactly what happened to Cox’s daughter. When he learned how his girl was cruel and treated others with disrespect, he simply took some steps to curb her behavior. 

To be honest, you have to see it and decide whether you approve of it or not.


One day, Matt’s daughter, Kirsten, entered the house with a guilty look on her face and asked her father if he could give her a lift to school in the following couple of days. That’s when he learned that she was kicked off by the school bus’ driver for picking on another student.

At that same moment he knew he had to stop that from happening ever again. Having a bully under his roof was something he would never allow. Her behavior could not be tolerated and he was going to make sure she understands that. So, instead of driving her to school, he made her walk. However, he followed her with his car, making sure she gets to school safely. 

He uploaded the video on his Facebook page saying:

“I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this and that’s all right. I am doing what I think is right to teach my daughter a lesson to stop her from bullying…

Lesson learned. Still has all her extremities intact is happy and healthy and seems to have a new outlook on bullying as well as a new appreciation for some of the simple things in life she used to take for granted.”


Despite the fact that people may not agree with his style, Matt told ABC News he refuses to let his daughter be part of the problem. He was ready to do whatever it took to make sure Kirsten is a kind young lady that will never let anyone feel bad because of her. 

“Parents need to hold their kids accountable. So that was me showing how I hold my kid accountable. I’m not going to be another parent that’s just going to brush things under the rug and say, ‘Kids will be kids.'”

Walking to school will certainly stick in the back of Kirsten’s mind the next time she has the urge to pick on someone. That’s for sure!


Listen to Inside Edition‘s interview with Matt in the video below and tell us what you think of the way he dealt with the problem?