Teen with attitude

After a teenager rants on Facebook about how horrid her parents are, her dad gives her a dose of her own medicine by shooting her laptop -- and posting the video online. Was this punishment justified or did he sink to her level? Read on for the full story.

Facebook post brings unique discipline

Tommy Jordan, dad of 15-year-old Hannah, gave his daughter some tough love after discovering a Facebook post of hers where she vilified her parents and complained bitterly about the chores she is required to do. As punishment, he videotaped himself reading her note, said a few other choice comments and then pumped her laptop full of lead.

A dose of her own medicine

Technology is great when used appropriately, but even the best privacy settings are really only smoke and mirrors because anything that is posted on the internet is inherently public and permanent. Jordan, an IT specialist, had no trouble viewing Hannah's post that she thought was private for her friends only.

"She thought she was being smart in blocking her parents from being able to see it," he said. In her rant, Hannah compared herself to a slave, stated that her parents overwork her and that she should be paid for her chores.

Dad wanted to discipline her not only by taking away her computer but videotaping its destruction and putting it on YouTube for the world to see. The video has gone seriously viral in the meantime and is up over a million views and has sparked a debate on disciplining teenagers, particularly when they misuse technology.

Tough love

"If you're so disrespectful to your parents and yourself as to post this kind of thing on Facebook, you're deserving of some tough love."

The video's description on YouTube states: "If you're so disrespectful to your parents and yourself as to post this kind of thing on Facebook, you're deserving of some tough love. Today, my daughter is getting a dose of tough love."

Cathy, mom of one, thought he did the right thing. "I think it was justified," she shared. "It sounds like she has been giving them trouble for a long time. I'm not a gun person, so that was a little shocking, but I think it was a good lesson."

Ashley from Wisconsin agreed. "I honestly think this is a hilarious video," she shared. "Could you imagine her face seeing her laptop being shot at!? She won't be talking like that on Facebook anytime soon."

Over the top

Other parents felt that Jordan went way over the top by posting the video online. "With it posted publicly, it feels a little too much like retaliation and not like good parenting," said April, mom of three.

Becky from Kansas agreed. "One thing that bothers me is that he doesn't want his daughter to curse, but he does here," she explained. "What does that teach the girl?"

One can hope that teens can come away from this with at least one lesson learned -- if you don't want your parents, your grandmother or your future employers to read it, don't post it on the internet.

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Comments on "Gun-toting dad teaches teen a lesson"

Grant March 24, 2012 | 2:19 PM

I think he was totally justified in his actions, especially putting it on youtube because apparently his daughter only relates to things online. I would do the same thing but I can't afford to blast laptops. I just took my daughters cell phone and computer away for two months. That almost killed her.

robert February 10, 2012 | 9:13 PM

....a little over the top. When you bring a weapon into the mix it starts to take on the characteristics of retaliation and threat and not understanding and good parenting. Don't drive her further away from you dude she's in a real fragile state right now...

Sarah February 10, 2012 | 2:27 PM

Sounds like dear ol' dad was a little embarrassed that his daughter was saying the things she was, and he retaliated by embarrassing her back. Times ten. I think it's wrong to use humiliation to discipline your kids. If he wanted to shoot her laptop, whatever. Seems a little extreme to me, but the part I have a problem with is him posting it on YouTube. It's nobody else's business how she's being disciplined. He should set an example of respect if he expects it from her. Clearly that's what's going wrong here.

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