Sound Off: Does This Punishment Fit The Crime?
Your teen thinks she’s being smart, blocking you from seeing her Facebook account. But as a parent, you have your ways. (We all do. It comes with the territory, yes?) So what happens when you find out your child has written something about you on Facebook that’s clearly disrespectful and downright bratty? Well, if you’re Tommy Jordan, you video tape your response and let her know what you think.
If you haven’t seen his response, check out this video. The video apparently was posted onto Youtube and Jordan’s daughter’s Facebook page Thursday evening. By Friday, mid-morning, the video had more than one million hits.
I watched the video. The daughter, Hannah, was clearly wrong in posting her rant. (Especially since she’s done this before.) I can understand why Tommy would be upset and that Hannah needs to be punished. But shooting the computer? Really? So I’m asking you guys, what would you have done? Did this dad go overboard in posting his response? Was his behavior perfectly reasonable? Also, do you think the punishment fit the crime? (My son is nine years old. He might get lippy from time to time, but overall, he’s not in the outright rebellious stage just yet. So I’m not sure what measures I’ll feel the need to take at that point.)
In the video, Tommy mentions that the 15-year-old was not only disrespectful to him but also disrespectful to her mother, stepmom, and a woman named Linda who has cleaned the house for them.
But once Hannah learned of her fate, how did she respond?
According to his Facebook page: “My daughter took a horrible day in her life, had her crying fit, then got over it, accepted her punishment, and hasn’t let it (or people’s comments) destroy her strength. I don’t get any credit for that. She’s strong and able to overcome almost anything life throws at her.”
Apparently, Tommy has had a number of media outlets requesting interviews. He has declined.
“There’s absolutely NO way I’m going to send my child the message that it’s OK to gain from something like this,” he wrote. “It would send her a message that it’s OK to profit at the expense of someone else’s embarrassment or misfortune and that’s now how I was raised, nor how she has been raised.”
(Bravo, Tommy! But I digress.)
Whether you agree or disagree with the punishment, you’ve got to admire the fact that the man stood up for his wife, a woman who helps their household, and the mother of his daughter. Based on the video, he talked to the mother about the situation. The duo agreed on the punishment then Tommy stuck to his guns (pun intended) when he carried it out.