Most parents are oblivious when their child is accused of bullying or mistreating someone. Usually they just get away with a slap on the wrist, but that is not the case with this no-nonsense father.
When Timothy Robenhorst learned that his teenage son, Kayden Robenhorst, was tormenting a classmate at Pulaski Middle School in Green Bay, Wisconsin, he took matters into his own hands. To ensure that his son never bullied someone again, Timothy gave the teenager an array of unpleasant workout routines and tasks to accomplish. First, Timothy woke Kayden up at 4:30 A.M. and instructed him to do 50 push-ups on his fists, a series of difficult incline push-ups, followed by a mile run outside (morning temperatures in Wisconsin are still below freezing). Next, Kayden was ordered to do landscaping work on two different houses that his father currently owns. After hours of manual labor, Kayden was made to apologize to the classmate he mistreated in front of the entire middle school.
Unfortunately for Kayden, the punishment did not end there. The teenager and his father posed for a photo that displayed a sign which publicly revealed Kayden’s punishment and the reason as to why he was being disciplined. His father then posted the image on Facebook asking everyone to share it. As the photo began to go viral, Timothy ordered his son to set the image as both his profile and cover picture on Facebook.
Below his viral image, his father’s caption said:
“I teach my kids they do not start fights but if someone puts their hands on them they finish it. This is what happens when you become a bully! I don’t put up with it and at 4:30 a.m. today my son found out what happens when you pray [sic] on people and bully! Please share this to end this behavior everywhere! Nothing changes until you take a stance and it only takes one person to start a revolution!”
There were many controversial debates as to whether or not the father took the punishment too far. I am no parent, but is publicly humiliating your child on social media the safest or most logical way to teach them a lesson?