Cox says that while the 10-year-old was upset when she started the walk, he talked to her during it, and by the end she had calmed down. "Bullying is unacceptable, especially in my household". Matt Cox wanted to teach the girl a lesson after she was kicked off the school bus for three days for bullying another student.
"I think it's good you're teaching her that she shouldn't just expect you to drive her because she screwed up on the bus, but this isn't really helping her learn why bullying is wrong", commented user Dana Holt.
'I'm not going to be another parent that's just going to brush things under the rug and say kids will be kids'.
"I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this, but that is alright", he explained in the two-minute video. It was the second time she'd gotten into trouble for picking on someone.
So Cox told his daughter she'd be making the five-mile trek to school on foot (with Cox in a auto close behind to ensure her safety).
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"As you see this morning, she is learning otherwise", he added.
"Seriously dad your (sic) the one who is a bully.... that is too far for a young child to walk and also Dad your (sic) a moron for showing the video and putting it on YouTube", reads another.
His daughter understood that her bullying was the reason she was forced to walk, Cox said. But he remained in their heated vehicle, driving slowly behind her on Tuesday as she was ordered to walk along the side of the OH roadway for eight kilometres in 2-degree Celsius weather. "Though she probably deserved to be punished, internet videos are forever".
They "seem to show a great deal of empathy towards some of the sad stories that I read with them", Mr Cox said.
Cox knows that his method won't sit well with other parents, but he's ok with that, since he believes that's the best way he can teach his "beautiful daughter" accountability.