Childrearing

Video: ‘Facebook Parenting For The Troubled Teen’ Shows Father’s Revenge

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tommy jordanTommy Jordan is pissed off with his 15-year-old daughter Hannah and her apparent lack of respect. When the North Carolina teenager wrote a Facebook post complaining about all the chores she has to do at home, Jordan wasn’t impressed. So he did was any parent would do: grabbed a gun and shot nine rounds of bullets into his daughter’s laptop. That’ll show her!

No, really, this nut job created a video, titled “Facebook Parenting: For The Troubled Teen” and posted it to YouTube. In the video, Jordan – who works in IT for a living – sits in a chair outdoors and reads from a piece of paper. He dedicates the video to his daughter and “all her friends on Facebook who thought that her little rebellious post was cute, and for all you parents out there who think your…kids don’t post bad things on Facebook.”

He goes on to explain how he managed to find Hannah’s Facebook post despite her privacy settings – he works in IT, after all – and proceeds to read the post out loud. (It’s typical teenage whining: her parents overwork her, she should be paid for the chores, blah blah blah.) After a seven-minute rant, Jordan stands up, grabs his .45 and shoots nine bullets – including “one from mom” – into Hannah’s computer resting next to him on the ground.

“Today, my daughter is getting a dose of tough love,” he writes in the video description.

From the YouTube comments I’ve read so far, there are a surprisingly high number of people applauding Jordan for his little life lesson. (“I hope to be this awesome one day,” wrote one commenter.) Um, excuse me, but when did having an adult hissy fit become “awesome?”

Don’t get me wrong: this man has a point. His daughter sounds whiny and ungrateful. But, let’s get real, don’t most teenagers sound whiny and ungrateful at some point? Isn’t that a rite of passage into adulthood? Yes, this girl posted her sentiments on Facebook for all the world – or at least for all her Facebook friends – to see. But isn’t that the modern-day version of writing in your diary? Granted one’s public and one’s private but, as far as most kids today are concerned, it’s the same thing. The post was meant for her friends, teens who can relate and share similar tales of woe.

It seems to me that Jordan, a man who claims to be so concerned with respect, is looking for his own 15 minutes. And he makes himself out to be a dick in the process. While I totally agree that kids should respect their parents, this guy is not exactly a stellar role model. In fact, he seems like a total creep.

I’m sure that Hannah learned her lesson, but he could have gone about teaching it to her in a more civilized way. She was simply venting and, in return, she got humiliated by her father in the most public of ways.

Sorry, but if anyone needs to grow up here, it’s Tommy Jordan.

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