Dad Makes Son Run To School In The Rain, His Controversial Reason Has Internet Talking
Marilyn Caylor 3/9/2018
We all have those overly exaggerated "life was tough when I was a kid" stories that we like to tell tongue-in-cheek to our own children. They all start with "Back when I was your age..." and end with us walking 20 miles in the snow to get to school, or how we had to rifle through a complicated card catalog system at the library before we could even begin to search for the answer to a question.
Do you remember that one time you ran a mile to school in the rain, while your dad filmed the whole thing and uploaded it onto social media? Yeah, that's actually a new one, but the kid in this video gets to be truthful when he tells his grandkids about his own embarrassing tough luck story.
There's a fierce debate going around as to the reason why Bryan Thornhill forced his 10-year-old son to run to school in the pouring rain. In his Facebook live video clip that was viewed over 22 million times, we can see dad driving very slowly behind his son, Hayden.
But, instead of letting him hop inside the car so he can get a ride to class, Bryan continues to let the camera roll as Hayden awkwardly plants one foot in front of the other. You might think dad is just a big old meanie, but he was actually doing this for what he considered to be a very good reason.
Dad gets straight to the point and started off the video with a dire warning - "You better listen to your dad two thousand eighteen." Uh oh, sounds like Hayden's trek in the Roanoke, Virginia downpour was actually punishment for something! And it was.
"My son has finally gotten in trouble on the bus enough to where he got actually kicked off the bus for three days..."
Lots of kids misbehave on the bus, and some of them may even get booted off for a short while. But, is that reason enough to make them find their own way to class? Well, this dad thinks so.
Corporal punishment at school is still legal in 15 states, but Virginia isn't one of them. Even if it were legal at Hayden's school, it looks like dad would have straightened out Hayden long before his behavior got to the point getting paddled by the principal.
"He was being a little bully, which I do not tolerate. This right here is just old school, simple parenting."
In Bryan's eyes, what Hayden did was unforgivable, and you may even agree with his old school parenting methods. What do you think - is he the best dad ever, or is he just a being a big bully himself?