A video making the rounds on the Internet is creating a heated discussion about parenting. It involves a boy named Jason, his video game consoles and a sledgehammer.
In the video, a dad can be heard arguing with his boy about school performance, presumably about grades, and telling his son he had "three weeks." That's when he tells the boy to smash a slew of gaming consoles strewn across the lawn.
“It’s not my fault,” Jason says.
"Let's go," the father replies.
“I hate my life,” the boy says before smashing several of the consoles. But it's the last one that Jason seems to have an extra affinity for that makes it hard.
“Let’s go!” his father repeats. “No,” Jason replies, throwing the sledgehammer on the ground.
“Excuse you? Pick up the f**king sledgehammer and smash it,” the dad commands.
“But it’s not my fault,” Jason begs. “It’s my teacher’s fault.”
The video eventually cuts off before the final smashing occurs. Watch below [CONTENT WARNING FOR LANGUAGE]:
Plenty of people are weighing in on the tactic used by the dad.
Many are criticizing the man on YouTube:
- "So, the father took time to be tough when he got bad grades. I wonder what the father was doing the rest of the year."
- "Lovely, another idiot parent trying to get attention by "disciplining" their child. It's one thing to take away a kid's xbox forever, it's another entirely to film your kid destroying it and then uploading it to the internet for everyone to see. This video says far more about the father than it does the kid."
- "Bad parenting. you should never humiliate your son like that, especially in front of the whole world. Your duty is to explain him what he did wrong not to humiliate him. Hes only going to hate you even more."
Others, however, are defending him:
- "1: theres nothing emotional about what the dad is doing. 2: its not abuse, its actually smart(probably very extensive) strict parenting 3: the dad is actually doing something good for his kid's future, nothing wrong with that."
- "I love this. Good job dad! Life is tough, and sometimes, it just flat out SUCKS and kicks you in the balls. My dad would do stuff like this to me when I was a kid and we have an awesome relationship today (I'm 28). Will always love that man for the lessons he taught me. Sure, he could have taken away the power cord, or donated it, but instead, he made the kid DESTROY it. The first two options don't carry the weight that the third one does."
- "Look at this kid. Clearly he is too young to have a job to pay for that Xbox, so his dad was probably the one who paid for it. Good job, dad. This may have been a bit extreme, but the message is a good one."
What do you think?