A Virginia father of two, disturbed because his ten-year-old son had been accused of bullying and had been banned from taking the bus to school for three days, decided to administer punishment in an unusual way: he made his son run one mile to school every day while he followed him in his vehicle.
The video of Randy Thornhill following his son Hayden, giving an oral explanation while he is driving, has gone viral.
Thornhill begins, “All right, everybody, welcome to ‘You Better Listen To Your Dad, 2018.’”
Thornhill mentions that he has a son and a daughter, then continues:
My son has finally got in trouble on the bus enough to where he got actually kicked off the bus for three days because he was being a little bully, which I do not tolerate, cannot stand, and therefore, he has to now run to school. We're right about one mile from the school so all week he's got the experience of running to school. The good news is, hey guys, he keeps up a pretty good mile pace, six miles an hour so far. Yesterday he was apparently a little rude for Michelle in the morning, so even though it's raining this morning he still gets to run.
This right here is just simple, ironically, since he’s been running to school this week his behavior’s been much better; teachers have approved of his behavior this week. He hasn't got in trouble at school this week, whereas last week he was just absolutely out of his mind. This right here is just old-school simple parenting. This ain’t killing nobody; this is a healthy way for a child to be punished, because it’s exercise, something a lot of people don’t think children should do anymore so you just stick ‘em behind a damn X-Box for the rest of their lives.
Later, Thornhill jokes, “So he’s going to be a very fast runner later on because we’ve always joked that either he’s going to be fast or obedient; so far, we’re working on fast.”
Thornhill says, “So we’ve got a little ways to go; just wanted to show everybody, give you a little laugh. … We’re gonna make sure that one way or another his teacher's are gonna be able to enjoy his company at school, he's not disrupting his classmates and everything else.”
Near the end of the video, Thornhill states:
The other morning, when he was in trouble, he told his sister, “Daddy’s always there for me.” He goes, “Daddy’s never left me; Daddy’s always been by my side. Sometimes I don’t like it, but that’s what makes him a great dad. Because he knows when to bust my butt, and when I’m in trouble he has to make sure I do right and that’s why he’s the best daddy in the world.”
Thornhilll concludes, “Teach your kids, don't be a friend, be a parent. That's what children need these days. Parents.”