Angela Mulholland, CTVNews.ca
Date: Friday Feb. 10, 2012 2:50 PM ET
A North Carolina father is being hailed as a parenting hero and derided as a bully, after trying to teach his daughter a lesson by shooting up her laptop.
The daughter, it would seem, had written a long rant on Facebook about why she's sick of her parents and about how they nag her to do too many chores.
Though she had attempted to filter her post so that her parents wouldn't see the rant, her dad found it anyway.
The father, Tommy Jordan, reacted by posting a video this week on YouTube, entitled "Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen."
The video description reads: "Maybe a few kids can take something away from this… If you're so disrespectful to your parents and yourself as to post this kind of thing on Facebook, you're deserving of some tough love. Today, my daughter is getting a dose of tough love."
In the video, Jordan, cigarette in hand, sits in a chair in a field and says the recording is dedicated to his daughter, Hannah, and "more importantly, for all her friends on Facebook who thought that her little rebellious post was cute. And for all you parents out there who think your kids don't post bad things on Facebook."
He then offers a seven-minute rant of his own, in which he reads out his daughter's Facebook tirade, and defends his parenting methods.
"I don't know how to say how disappointed I am in you and how disrespectful you were to every single adult in your life," he tells the camera.
"…So I'm going to put a stop to it. I'm going to put a stop to it right now."
Jordan then stands up and points the camera at a computer lying in a patch of dirt.
"That right there is your laptop," he says.
"This right here is my .45," he says, moving a pistol in front of the camera. He then cocks the weapon and shoots nine shots into the laptop.
He ends the video by telling his daughter that if she wants to buy a new laptop after she's finished being grounded – "whatever year that happens to be" -- she'll have to buy it herself.
"Have a good day, y'all," he says in the signoff.
The video was uploaded on Wednesday and has already had close to 2 million views.
As might be expected, the video has earned the whole gamut of responses, from those who applaud the father, to those who worry about his mental state, to those who wonder how the public takedown will mend their family relations.
What do you think?
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