Is this a good dad, or a bad dad?


16th March 2018

AN American dad’s video of his son being punished for bullying has gone viral.

When Hayden Thornhill was banned from the school bus for three days, his dad, Bryan, wanted to teach him a lesson. So instead of taking Hayden to school in the car, Bryan made his son jog to school in the rain while wearing his backpack.

Bryan’s video of the punishment has seriously divided opinion. Some people have applauded the punishment, while others have claimed that Bryan is just as much of a bully.

“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,” says Bryan.

What do you think?

Do you think that this punishment was fair?


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superspy11 · 4 years ago

I am the first to comment!!!!!

shpee · 4 years ago

Since he usually has to get on s bus, I would imagine that his school isn't really in easy walking distance. This means that he would probably be tired by the time he got to school, reducing his ability to work and concentrate properly. Because it was also raining, he would probably also be cold and wet, probably making him extremely uncomfortable. If it wasn't raining, then I'd say it was justified. However, because it was, I think his dad was taking it too far.

owly · 4 years ago

First To Comment!!! Or is it only on my screen???

I think the Dad was being fair. If Hayden was banned from the school bus, it must've been a serious case, serious enough for his dad to punish him too. ?????

Esiotrot2 · 4 years ago

I’m not sure because he was mean to someone, but it might be a bit to far to punish him like that.

· 4 years ago

I vote it was not fare because there are tons of other bullying going and why don't they get punished

VAHC · 4 years ago

He is punishing his son by making him walk to school. Tell me again why this is controversial?

ishocks · 4 years ago

No, because it is not humilitary to send your child walking a very long distance to school in the rain. It is something that might hurt the child and definitely tire the child out before they even get to their first lesson. The dad must have been insane!

theminion · 4 years ago

Yes this was fair think about it the poor boy or girl was being hurt in several different ways so why not do this it's only for three days so not much he would miss and serves him right!

ice-cool · 4 years ago

I think this is an unfair punishment because the father should be talking to his child and giving him reasons why he shouldn't behave as poorly as he did, not making his son jog a long distance usually travelled by bus. Also Bryan should've been loving to his son by driving his son to school - good fathers love their sons.

izzie99 · 4 years ago

If a child is being bullied, they need to talk about it with an adult they trust, and making him jog through the rain is hardly going to build up their father and son trust, I agree it is bad that he has been banned from the bus but the dad is being a bully himself I vote no.

strictly22 · 4 years ago

This isn’t punishing him the right way, he is not understanding what it is to bullied ad how bad it can be

bigfatcat · 4 years ago

I really cannot believe this, you should have sympathy for your child! Also if he was banned from the bus because of a serious case then punish him another way, maybe ground him or no pocket money or something like that. I can’t really decide for him because it’s his child but if he did make his child jog to school, DON’T FILM IT! Perhaps he doesn’t want to be filmed like that and he might get teased in school for it. I think that isn’t fair.

birthdayca · 4 years ago

i think it was fair because the thing is with bullying is if you don't come down hard on them; they will continue. anyway; he is his dad.

skelebone4 · 4 years ago

I think it is quite a fair punishment because bullying is a very serious thing. It isn't as if Bryan is harming him. I walk to school in the rain pretty much every other day with my sister and a heavy bag. If anything, it is good exercise for the boy.

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hazza11 · 4 years ago

I would have thought he learned his lesson, but it might've been to much of a punishment. If it was not raining I think it would have been fair.

Umbrella4 · 4 years ago

I voted it is NO, because it is raining and you can easily get cold and become ill from walking in the cold so he is just making is son ill!

fox64 · 4 years ago

I think no, that is not fair. I agree with you, SHPEE, that is basically child abuse. What dad does that?!?!

legoben200 · 4 years ago

I feel like it is a good dad because jogging to school is good for you and it was a fair punishment.

cooledie · 4 years ago

I didn't really know what to put, but I think that it was a fair punishment, because jogging to school is actually quite healthy for you, but if his school was really far away from where he lived, he would be tired and cold and wet, reducing his concentration in lessons.

claudine · 4 years ago


That's a really good point! He should've gave him time to just walk

daisy101 · 4 years ago

You bully. Then you gotta pay the price, but actually the punishment is beneficial for his health. Wouldn't it be better if he jogged to school everyday?

rachel360 · 4 years ago

No so not fair

rachel360 · 4 years ago

I feel that the punishment is really unfair. Everyone makes mistakes and his dad is really mean and he thinks his son needs to be perfect! That is so crazy

rosyrhada · 4 years ago

Maybe if it wasn't raining it wouldn't be toooooo bad and I think his dad is bulliying his son.

bubblyball · 4 years ago

This ain't killing nobody? THIS AIN'T KILLING NOBODY?! What if there was a flood near him? What if he got hurt?I am outraged!

bubblyball · 4 years ago

I'm being to much of a prime minister \police officer!?

ep-22579 · 4 years ago

I didn't vote because it sounds harsh but then again it will teach Hayden a lesson.

dolphindm · 4 years ago

I don't think it was fair because the punishment would have also affected his school work since he was absolutely exhausted. His dad might have been taking it too far since it would have affected Hayden's mental health and learning which has dad might not have wanted.

geffry · 4 years ago

why would brian bully so that's good for him

superspy11 · 4 years ago

I think yes because bullying is absolutely horrendous and should be punished with equal measure! But was the boy bullying people for a reason? Perhaps he was sad because his dad was a very harsh person...

supergeek · 4 years ago

I think that it is very fair that he had got punished like this as he was a bully so he lost his priority to get on the bus plus he had to get to school in some sort of way

unknown · 4 years ago

Parents have control of their kids

ermhrm10 · 4 years ago

That’s really mean well if he’s telling him off for no big deal, but it’s sorte of fair if done something say bullied.

fabisgirl · 4 years ago

i think it is fair because if the boy is bullying he needs to learn from his mistakes.

fabisgirl · 4 years ago

i think it is fair because if the boy is bullying he needs to learn from his mistakes otherwise he will never become a better person.

xrony_s · 4 years ago

the dad was just telling and bringing his child up the right way, we shouldn’t question whether they’re bringing up they’re child wrongly unless its something that will hurt or abuse you.

milltro22 · 4 years ago

I think the dad did the right thing, his son has been ban from the bus so he can not go on the bus anymore so what other way should he of done it.
he is just teaching his kid to not be naughty!!!

amo · 4 years ago

I think that it is fair that Hayden should get a punishment but making him walk to school in the pouring rain is just to harsh

i_care · 4 years ago

No. Children need to learn through incentives for being good not through punishment for being bad

banjoblaze · 4 years ago

I think the punishment is fair. Bullying is a serious problem, and I don't think the message would have got through well enough if his dad had just driven him. It's not good to make another person feel bad, or possibly even suicidal. As a past victim of bullying, I wish my bullies had been punished more.

sjaome · 4 years ago

It is fair

7diamond07 · 4 years ago

I think it is fair because he did a very bad thing and he is getting a milder punishment than being bullied.

mia-18 · 4 years ago

I think that this was a fair punishment because this will teach the child not to bully again especcially if he was banned from the school bus

avawatt · 4 years ago


unidist · 4 years ago

no! poor dude!

moop · 4 years ago

At least he did something. A lot of parents don't care?‍♀️

moonbanana · 4 years ago

I think that Hayden’s dad should not have done that as that is really mean and he is not showing his kid what the right thing to do is he is just being cruel to him

legend2258 · 4 years ago

It's his dad so his dad makes the decision so this is the first kind of stupid poll

Magic10 · 3 years ago

It’s definitely not a good way for a child to be punished. Two wrongs don’t make a right. I know I’m a child saying this, and I would not want that to happen to me, but there are plenty of different ways the Dad could have punished him, like take his devices away for a week. Stuff like that. But, making your son walk to school in the rain with a heavy backpack is not right! Especially as it must have been quite a distance if he usually drives there!

jforjaden · 3 years ago


5honypony · 3 years ago

No because even though bulling is TERRIBLE, that is just child cruelty and their could be a more effective punishment- the child will hate you

tintin13 · 3 years ago

I think it was fair but I don't think Bryan should video his son being punished.

pizza1 · 3 years ago

The kid needed to be punished, but I think that it was a bit over the top!

catzrule19 · 3 years ago

It will teach his son not to bully!

rocker26 · 3 years ago

Yes. It puts a boundary in place and shows what he did was wrong and his father put a consequence to his action. It was disipline for the child and if anything it gave him a bit of exercise!!

jadyn · 3 years ago

Well his teaching his son a lesson so it kind of makes sense

intelburst · 3 years ago

i do because it teaches him a lesson and bullying is a huge problem in the country right now and this is a way to stop bullying

flameemily · 3 years ago

It needs to be a harsh punishment because otherwise he might do it again and bullying is really serious and shouldn’t happen

cmi_hall1 · 3 years ago

I think that the punishment was not cruel because the boy was bullying which can be harmful to others. Also,Brian is Hayden's dad so he can treat him how he wants as long as it is not to mean.

lando2009 · 3 years ago

Not fair

waterlucky · 3 years ago

I say no cuz he could get ill! Making your child walk in the cold and rain is cruel, isn't it?

astro_girl · 3 years ago

It is a fair punishment but it would be better to sit down and talk to him about bullying

gominions · 3 years ago

I think this is really unfair?

agoose · 3 years ago

come on guys seriously you don't know why someone is bullying . normally it is their own problems and maybe they have something going on at home or something else and also his father was being horrible to him which probably made him upset or angry so he could easily just have bullied someone about that. lastly i think that if someone is doing something wrong you should try to help them and teach them it is wrong and how to deal with whatever is going on.

fresh · 3 years ago

It will teach him a lesson!

bonjour · 3 years ago

If he was physically hurting him, then I would say no but all it is doing him is a bit of excercise and getting wet. Bryan is embarrassed. The whole world knows about him he wants to show them that he is firm and tough with his son but not punishing him too much.?

vfoucault · 3 years ago

I think yes as it IS a heathy and he deserves a punishment

emperor · 3 years ago

Depends on what the bullying was - if it was severe, then of course its fair

donutlove · 3 years ago

NO WAY!!!!!!

bubble33 · 3 years ago

I don't think this is fair - couldn't he have just banned the boy from, I don't know, something he likes for a few days and drive him to school, instead of this UNFAIR punishment?! Also, who wants to run to school in the rain? ??‍♀️?☔️?????

rosrio · 3 years ago

this isn't fair 'cos it could harm the child if he/she were cold wet and tired . i completely agree with bigfatcat · 2 months ago+shpee · 2 months ago

holholster · 3 years ago

I agree that Bryan's punishment was perfectly fair, as it teaches his son a lesson that he is very lucky to have a bus to travel to school on every day. Also, it will build him up physically, because he is jogging all the way to school.

ysiad1 · 3 years ago

If someone is bulling then they should talk about why they feel the need to be unkind to other children. I hardly think that making your son run in the rain is going to help a child understand that bulling is very wrong. If this keeps going on then the boy's school should call the parents in and have a meeting


sophia6 · 3 years ago

No because it is very cruel and would make him very tired so it would be hard to concentrate on his school work but yes because bully's should be punished in a way so that they will not be a bully again

[email protected] · 3 years ago

@owly I agree, that child must have done something terrible to be banned from his school bus so it is fair for him to be punished.

rollersk8t · 3 years ago

I don't know if the punishment was necessary or not . Being banned from the school bus is a cause for punishment ( such as sitting on the naughty step for a while or doing extra chores) but making your son run to school in the pouring rain with a heavy backpack is a bit harsh!

ninjanoah · 3 years ago

It's cruel to make kids who are used to riding in a bus suddenly walk ??????☹️☹️☹️

oceangirl · 3 years ago

Yes I do

elk10 · 3 years ago

NO!! poor boy

herbology · 3 years ago

I don't know. It sort of depends how bad the bullying was. Not sure.

bobalob · 3 years ago

I'm not to sure because, it depends how bad the bullying was to have such a severe punishment.

lottielove · 2 years ago

I think it is a fair punishment. It depends how bad he was, if he was as bad a someone I know from my school then I think yes it was definitely fair. If it was not that bad then SHAME ON YOU BRYAN!

lottielove · 2 years ago

I think Hayden bullied someone and then Bryan bullied him.

shandee · 2 years ago

What the...

hcew · 2 years ago

I completely agree that bullying ,either online or in-person is horrible and should be punished, but that is a ridiculous punishment!

ivansp2011 · 1 year ago

It is fair because if the boy did something bad,that is his consequences.Also,it's good for your health.