After Dad shot my laptop, I really learned to respect him.
This is the stuff blog posts are made of.
I am not a father and cannot relate to the frustrations of having a teenage daughter. I can only imagine the impossible difficulty of having a whiny, self-righteous, indignant teenager ranting about the terrible life that results from the demands of over-bearing parents. I did that for years.
But I am fascinated, and a bit terrified, by the story of the North Carolina father that has become a Youtbe sensation. The story is thus: Mr. Jordan found his daughter’s disrespectful (to say the least) Facebook post, in which she complained about her chores, cursed about her parents, and acted like a snotty teenager. Mr. Jordan was upset about this, naturally, so he wrote a letter to his daughter (not all that much more respectful), video taped himself delivering that message to her, then shot her laptop with a .45. Specifically, he pumped nine rounds into that machine. He then posted the video on Youtube, and it has as of now been watched 21 million times.
Responses to this event range from sympathetic to visits from the police, and on that TRC doesn’t have much of an opinion. I don’t know these folks. But there has to be an important lesson for modern child-rearing, the role of handguns in punishing children, and the uncontrollable nature of social media as a tool for establishing parental authority. I’ll let you know what that lesson is when I have a teenager.
For better or worse Mr. Jordan, you are now famous for shooting your daughter’s computer. At least for this week.