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Opinion Poll: Did This Dad Go Too Far?

One father finds an unfavorable Facebook post by his daughter and shoots her laptop.

Parents face a variety of challenges in raising their children. And in today's social media landscape it's easy to forget that things you think you say, write, or post may be missed or overlooked by those you may be talking about.

Such is the case in one teenager's life whose father posted a YouTube video—which has gone viral—with a message to his daughter. It's not known where the man lives.

How do you feel about this man's actions? Watch the video, take our poll, let us know your thoughts.

anne mcdonald February 11, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Who's the teen and who's the Dad? What an idiotic thing to do and what a rotten example he is to all kids. He should be ashamed.
Brandy Y February 11, 2012 at 06:10 AM
This dad did right. Kids today are spoiled, entitled, lazy, the-world-owes-me-everything-because-I-was-born brats. The don't know how good they have it. They are coddled WAY too much and don't know how to handle criticism, obey authority, or handle adversity. When it is their turn to run this country, we are in serious trouble.
Cathy Weselby February 11, 2012 at 05:51 PM
If I had acted that way in this day and age, my dad probably would have done the same thing. And I would have deserved it....I miss my dad.
Barbara Circle February 11, 2012 at 05:55 PM
This dad was well within his rights. We have the same problem with one of our kids in our house. How is it that out of 4 kids, this one 18 year old entitled brat who thinks he's a man, acts like this? We have two other boys (one older, one younger) and a daughter (younger) who all behave far more responsibly than the 18 year old. Well guess what? He doesn't live in our house anymore and the rest of us couldn't be happier! Life is so much easier when everyone shares responsibility and chips in. Everyone else buys food, buys gas, does chores, works, and is genuinely concerned about everyone else's well being. I only hope our 18 year realizes how easy he really did have it and comes to his senses before he's faced with the cruel realities of the "real world." If not, good luck to him!
Barbara Circle February 11, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I couldn't agree more. Parents need to wake up! These entitled, spoiled, lazy brats are going to be running our country one day (right into the ground!)
Susan February 11, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Good Lord, are you kidding me?! She's a child, for heaven's sakes. I shutter to think what goes on in private. If this angry fool lived in my neighborhood, I'd call the sheriff, and child protective services!
kd February 11, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Call the sheriff and CPS for what? Not letter her have a laptop? Somehow I doubt that all kids in foster care get laptops. Do you really think she'd be better off without her family?
Susan February 11, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I'm shocked anyone would think filling your child's possessions with bullets is the correct response. I admit I didn't listen closely to what she wrote in the letter because I couldn't get over the fact that this freaking idiot posted a PRIVATE family matter on YouTube! There isn't anything she could have written that would warrant this response.
Susan February 11, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Here's another dear old daddy. Not safe for children: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wgcSncY-UY
Anne Ernst (Editor) February 12, 2012 at 06:52 AM
Susan, the dad was responding to a rant by the daughter that she posted on Facebook. The whole point is lost if you don't listen to what the father found on the daughter's FB account.
Susan February 13, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I understand your point, Anne, but I heard and saw enough to condemn this jerk. I'll take it a step further: YouTube should scrub this method of conflict resolution from their servers because it encourages pea brain copycat behavior: "Feb. 8: MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. — Authorities say a father who was upset after a Tennessee couple deleted his adult daughter as a friend on Facebook has been charged with killing the couple." I reckon he didn't have a laptop to shoot.
kd February 14, 2012 at 01:16 AM
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/youtube-dad-who-shot-daughters-laptop-gets-visit-a/nHbcR/ Here's a follow-up to the story. Apparently the local police approve of the father's actions.
Cathy February 14, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Must be more to the story for a kid to go on facebook and say the things she said. What take out his anger on a computer over sitting down and talking with his daughter. Sometimes parents end up finding things they kids never meant for them to see; Like many of us have found our kids doing too. Sure, there's always limits to things, no doubt there. Still there's got to be some frictions in that family that led to her behaviors. Sometimes it's because one parent can be a little too strict, and the other parents not. When kids get mixed messages sooner or later all hell may break loose.

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