Girl Banned From Bus, So Dad Teaches Her A Lesson She’ll Never Forget


Kicked Off

This was the last time she’d be kicked off of the bus. She was now banned from using it again.

She didn’t seem to care though, she told her father, “Daddy, You’re gonna have to take me to school next week.” But he didn’t seem as enthused as she had expected.

Second Time


Kirsten was lived in Ohio and had been warned not to bully. But it seemed that this was the second time the 10-year-old had been kicked off of the bus, her dad was tired of it.

“Let me make this extremely clear, bullying is unacceptable, especially in my household,” He needed a way to make sure Kirsten would learn her lesson.


Working Mother

He felt that his daughter was too entitled and needed to take her down a peg. She hadn’t earned anything in his mind, especially a lift to school.

He wanted her to know that getting banned from the bus didn’t mean that she could get him to give her a lift. He wanted her to learn that the hard way.

Punishment Enough


The problem with Kirsten was that she didn’t seem to care about her suspension of the bridge. The car seemed more like a reward than anything else.

Matt wanted to do something unorthodox. It would teach his daughter the value of respect.



Matt also decided to record Kirsten while he gave her her punishment. This would be a moment she would certainly never forget.

He wanted to give her good reasons as to why she was getting punished, even saying, “I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this and that’s all right.”



He decided to share the video on Facebook for his friends to see it. But a lot more would see it.

With a little nudge in the right direction, he decided to share it with anyone who wanted to view it. This meant that the post ended up getting more than 350,000 shares.

Social Media Backlash

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Matt had no idea that his video would get over 15 million shares and 100,000 people commenting on his decision to punish his daughter.

He originally only wanted his friends to see but ended up having hundreds of people messaging him in the morning.


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A lot of people said that his punishment was too harsh and went way too far.

In the video, Cox said a lot of children today feel that the things their parents do for them are a right and not a privilege. In his mind, he was holding his daughter accountable.

Holding Her Accountable


Despite the backlash, however, Cox stood by the punishment, “I am doing what I think is right to teach my daughter a lesson to stop her from bullying. Parents need to hold their kids accountable. I’m not going to be another parent that’s just going to brush things under the rug,” he explained.

“I just want the kids to know that words truly do hurt. They cut very deep and have lasting effects.” So, what was all the fuss about?

A Right, Not A Privilege


“A lot of children today feel that the things their parents do for them is a right and not a privilege, such as parents taking their children to school in the morning. Or even bus rides to school in the morning,” Matt says to the camera.

“All of that is a privilege and should be treated as such. So today my beautiful daughter is going to walk five miles to school in 36-degree weather.”

When I Was Your Age

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I’m pretty sure everyone has a parent or grandparent who has started a story with the phrase, “When I was your age… We walked 10 miles in the snow with no shoes.” or, “When I was your age if we talked back to our parents we got our mouth washed out with soap.”

They are used typically by older adults to convey how conditions have changed over an extended period of time to younger people. But the truth is that virtually no one used to drive to school.

Cool Off In The Cold


So in the 36 degrees cold weather, Kirsten trudged to school, all 5 miles…

Albeit, Matt split the walk up over the three days of the suspension, so Kirsten actually only walked 1.5 miles for three consecutive mornings, giving her more than enough time to think about the consequences of her actions. Bullying, after all, hurts others.

My Beautiful Daughter


Matt wasn’t about to let his ‘beautiful girl’ get hurt or compromise her safety either, he drove steadily behind her all the way.

A free ride to school every day was something she took for granted. Matt relates his views on parenting: “Parents need to hold their kids accountable, so that was me showing how I am holding my kid accountable.”

The Reason Why She Walked

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Matt said his daughter was upset when she first started walking on Monday. During the walk, he talked to his daughter about how her actions were the reason she was walking.

He said by the end of the walk she calmed down and realized that if she hadn’t bullied others, she would still be on the bus. This was the second time daughter Kirsten had gotten in trouble for teasing other kids.

Not The Only One

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And Matt isn’t the only dad to have dished out this kind of punishment. Another child, a 10-year-old boy from Virginia, was also made to jog to school for a week by his dad, Bryan Thornhill.

The school was a mile away and his son was also been banned from the school bus for bullying. He named the video “You better listen to your dad, 2018,” and this video has even more views, shares, and comments than Matt’s has.

Stuck To His Guns

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He too is sticking to his guns about his method of punishment and you can watch the video of the boy keeping a steady 6 miles an hour with his dad driving behind him.

The video happens to be in the drizzle, but they were intending on driving him that day until he was rude to his mother in the morning. It was then decided that he would run to school, even in that morning’s rain. The matter was even discussed on a talk show.

Two Sides To A Coin


While most of the comments are in support of children learning that bullying is not an option, there are more than a few that condemn the punishment altogether. Lee J Wilkens says “Love it!! I plan on showing this to my oldest child to show her that I am not a mean parent but that misbehaving won’t be tolerated. I’m not doing my job if I just let it slide.”

While Ariana Jade commented: “makes sense why his kid is a bully… who knows maybe it will work for this kid but it wouldn’t for many that I have worked with. In fact, it could make him act out more.”

The Punishment Worked

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But despite supporters of both sides, it seems that the punishment has seemed to work, even if just for the moment. In fact, here is what both parents have said about their kids. From Lee: “This right here is just simple.

Ironically, since he’s been running to school this week his behavior has been better, his teachers have approved of his behavior this week, he hasn’t gotten in trouble, whereas last week he was just absolutely out of his mind.” And, what about Matt?

Life Lessons

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Matt updated the Facebook post, writing, “Life lessons!!!!” “UPDATE: 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 hate he received on social media, Matt doesn’t regret punishing his daughter for bullying.

A New Outlook


Matt even used the comments, both positive and negative, to educate his kids on the effects bullying has.

“She, along with my other two children, seem to show a great deal of empathy towards some of the sad stories that I read with them,” he wrote. “I also hope that parents see the video and start holding their kids accountable for their actions and stop sweeping their child’s actions under the rug with the ideology that kids will be kids. We as parents need to stop the bullying on the home front because bullying only breeds bullying,” he concluded.