Have you seen the video of the dad shooting his daughter’s laptop after she allegedly posted a long whinefest in the form of a letter to her parents that she thought they couldn’t see?
If you haven’t, it’s about time you did: the video has already gotten more than 2.1 million hits.
There’s a little salty language, but that’s the sad part: most of the salty language is coming from a 16-year-old girl, according to her father, who says he’s reading out loud what she wrote for the world — or at least the part of it that can get past her account’s privacy settings — to see.
The man claims to be an IT professional, and that he discovered the post on her Facebook account after installing about $130 worth of software on her laptop. He also mentions that she’d been grounded once before for a similar stunt.
In the video, he says that the post was titled, “To My Parents,” and begins with the line, “I’m not your damned slave.”
Oh, yeah, that’s going to go over very well.
Go ahead, have a look:
While it appears the original Facebook post of this video has vanished, the YouTube version is still there, and in the description, the dad says that his daughter is getting a dose of tough love.
He even says he’s expecting her to reimburse him for the bullets, which are more expensive than average bullets because they’re hollow point.
Sure, he could have taken the computer and donated it to a school so that a child who might be in need could benefit from it.
But it’s clear he wanted to make a point in a big way. And I believe, without talking to his daughter, that he probably did.
What really surprises me is that I’ve watched a few video responses on YouTube posted by teenagers. What I would have expected is to see all of them defending the girl, whining about her right to express herself and championing her as some kind of sweatshop laborer.
But no, all of the ones I watched side with the dad, calling him “awesome” and saluting him for the way he handled the situation.
I am not making this up.
Do you think the father was right to take such an extreme measure? Can you imagine that it ever would be right, no matter what his daughter might have said, to do such a thing?