A viral video of a father firing his .45 at his daughter’s laptop after she blasted him on her Facebook page has sparked a fiery debate about parenting and tough love.
Tommy Jordan posted the video entitled, “Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen” on YouTube on Wednesday. By Friday, it was closing in on two million views. Jordan went public with the clip after daughter Hannah posted on Facebook an open letter to her parents griping about what most 16-year-olds would complain about at that age: having to do chores and not having the latest gadgets bought for her.
In the video, Jordan sits on a chair with a cigarette in hand and a printed-out copy of his daughter’s posting in the other. He also has a .45 caliber holstered to his belt.
The angry dad starts off with a message to his daughter.
“Hannah, you were grounded for three months for doing something similar to this and I would’ve thought that with a father in IT for a living, you would have better sense than to do it again,” he says.
He then reads his daughter’s posting, entitled “To my parents.”
“Since you want to hide it from everyone, I’m going to read for everyone now,” Jordan says on the video.
“To my parents: I’m not your damn slave,” he begins, before reading the profanity-laced diatribe.
WARNING: Video below contains some of the aforementioned profanity and may not be appropriate for some viewers.
After finishing his reading, Jordan announces that he is “going to put a stop to this, and put a stop to it now.” With that, he aims both the camera and his weapon at his daughter’s laptop and opens fire.
“It’s about to get a whole lot harder today. I’m gonna post this on your Facebook wall, so all those kids that thought it was cool for how rebellious you were can see what happens.”
The video has caused a rift among those who viewed it over whether the punishment fit the crime.
“I find your reaction to your daughter’s alleged self-entitlement colored by ungoverned emotions, of which it is the parent’s responsibility to keep at bay, and a profound misunderstanding of punishment,” posted one visitor to Jordan’s Facebook page.
But another applauds the angry computer shooter.
“Sir, you did awesome… and for those that think this was something of another world…they can get over it… you continue to be a great dad…and make sure your daughter sees all these comments of how MANY parents feel the same way about it as you…KUDOS TOMMY!!!,” commented another visitor.
After the video went viral and Jordan was besieged by requests for interviews, Jordan said he’d done enough talking.
“Never again in my entire life will I ever do anything that garnishes (sic) this much attention, both positive and negative. I really wished we’d been prepared or something,” he wrote on his Facebook profile Friday.
“Never again will I have the opportunity to speak to so many people about anything…and instead I’m sitting here stupefied.”