[LINK] One way to stop behaviour - bang!
jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Sat Feb 11 13:55:09 EST 2012
Dad shoots daughter's laptop after negative Facebook post
5:37 PM, Feb 10, 2012
ALBERMALE, North Carolina - A father's Youtube
video where he uses a .45 handgun to shoot his
daughter's laptop has created polarizing debate over parenting styles.
Tommy Jordan, of Albemarle, North Carolina,
posted the video titled "Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen."
He starts the video with a message to other parents.
"For all you parents out there that think your
kids don't post bad things on Facebook, well, I
want to read you one," Jordan says.
Jordan reads the letter, titled "To my parents,"
from his daughter Hannah, saying she used profane
language against him on her Facebook page.
In the letter, Jordan says he reads in his
daughter's own words, "We have a cleaning lady
for a reason. Her name is Linda. Not Hannah."
The profanity-laced letter he reads on camera
also says his daughter asked for payment for her chores.
"Pay you, for the chores you, seriously?" Jordan
asks. "Pay you for chores that you're supposed to do around the house?"
Patrons at Denver's Café Europa reacted strongly to Jordan's video Friday.
"There is something that she's trying to
express," said Margarita Flores of Jordan's daughter.
In the video, Mr. Jordan tried to express
something more, when he pulled out his .45
handgun and shot his daughter's laptop.
"That right there is your laptop," he says in the video.
"This right here is my .45," as he proceeds to shoot a bullet into the laptop.
"That was the first round."
He then shoots nearly a dozen rounds into the computer.
"It's one way to teach her," said parent Kevin Geragthy at Café Europa.
"I think there's a better way to communicate than using violence," she said.
"Yeah, I think this dad's awesome," said Café
Europa barista Rachel Westphall. "If they can't
make their own bed, that's the kind of adult
you're raising into this world, awesome. So then
when they get a job, and I get to work with them
later, and I get to go behind them and clean up."
Jordan reacted to the viral attention on his Facebook page Friday.
Truthfully...the social attention has helped her
and I both deal with it. We had our discussion
about it after she returned home from school. We
set the ground rules for her punishment, and then
I let her read some of the comments on Facebook
with me at my computer. At first it was
upsetting. Then as we read it became less so, eventually funny to both of us.
Jordan also said this:
"We have always told her what you put online can
affect you forever. Years later a single
Facebook/MySpace/Twitter comment can affect her
eligibility for a good job and can even get her
fired from a job she already has. She's seen
first-hand through this video the worst possible
scenario that can happen. One post, made by her
Dad, will probably follow him the rest of his
life; just like those mean things she said on
Facebook will stick with the people her words
hurt for a long time to come. Once you put it out
there, you can't take it back, so think carefully
before you use the internet to broadcast your thoughts and feelings.
See the video here :
WARNING : Graphic Language
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