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I Shot My Daughter's Laptop
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I Shot My Daughter\'s Laptop

In Albermarle, North Carolina, Tommy Jordan shot his daughter’s laptop computer after discovering her parent bashing tirade on Facebook.

It seems the 15-year old was tired of doing chores every day and decided to post her frustrations on the popular social page. The rebellious teen wrote a letter stating how she worked too hard and was never paid for doing chores thus, making her life difficult. Hannah assumed the privacy settings for her Facebook account would not allow her parents to see her “letter to my parents."

Father Tommy discovered his daughter’s wall post and videotaped an emotional response. After reading her post he asked, “Are you out of your mind?” Showing his .45 Gun to the camera, he proceeded to shoot nine rounds into his daughter’s laptop. The video went viral on YouTube, surpassing 21 million hits by Monday afternoon and the once private Facebook post has now been read by millions.

Jordan’s public parenting has been met with both criticism and applause. Parents fed up with their children’s entitlement egos applaud his decision. Tommy Jordan did what some parents dream about; destroying their teen’s gadgets.

Many parents of teenagers grew up working after school for money to buy the things they wanted while practicing skills needed to function as adults. Today, children have little experience in life skills with most only going to school. Their lives are filled with gadgets that are slowly taking the place of human contact. Each generation of parents wants more for their children than what they had growing up. With this desire, we created the materialistic children we see today.

On the other hand, what Tommy Jordan did seems too much. I understand many kids need the shock factor to understand the consequences of their actions. However, using a gun does seem extreme. Running over the laptop with a vehicle or throwing it in a lake seems a better option. While still extreme, it doesn’t attach the stigma to the act like a gun does.

Many have spoken out against Jordan’s method of using a gun to make a point stating it gives guns and their owners a bad name. Some cite the lack of respect shown and not honoring his daughter’s privacy as innappropriate.

We many times forget that while children need privacy and respect, they are still, only children. Parents should always know what their children are doing, which means respect, yes; privacy, not so much.

In my opinion, the best option is giving the laptop away. There is still an impact if the father videotapes handing the computer over to a charity organization for gifting to someone in need. Though, I have to applaud the man for taking action against his teen’s abhorrent behavior.


Street Talk

This is funny. I'm still laughing. Thanks for making my day Nancy. i know this is a serious subject. I can see why you tube loved it, though.

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  about 5 years ago

I loved that video. I can "really" understand his frustration; maybe a little extreme but I imagine his daughter saw where he was coming from.

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  about 5 years ago

I don't know that I would have used a gun either. However, I would have either taken a sledge hammer to it or run over with the car. It's sad that kids today think only of themselves and won't do anything without asking "What's in it for me?"

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  about 6 years ago
Stacydee  

I'm with the father on this one, I back him. He may have been extreme (I'm not sure about the gun), but in many cases the shock is the only thing that the kid will notice. We have a large "entitlement" issue happening among youth and its' effects are seen in many ways. Good article, and stirs up the traditional parent in me. I'm sure the child will survive without the computer.

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  about 6 years ago
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