Father Shoots Daughter's Laptop Over Facebook Rant

Tommy Jordan introduced a new type of parental control for his 15-year-old daughter's Facebook usage, of the 45-caliber variety.

A 15-year-old Facebook user in North Carolina didn’t think her parents would see her profanity-laden rant on Facebook about having to do chores. She was wrong, and her father, Tommy Jordan, introduced a new type of parental control for Facebook usage, of the 45-caliber variety.

Jordan, who works in information technology, fired nine rounds from his .45 into his daughter’s laptop after reading her rant in a YouTube video that is quickly approaching two million views in just three days.

Needless to say, when a video goes that viral, its creator is usually sought out for interviews, which Jordan addressed in a post on his Facebook page:

Attention Media Outlets:

While we appreciate the interest you’re all putting forth to get in touch with us regarding the video, we’re not going to go on your talk show, not going to call in to your radio show, and not going to be in your TV miniseries.

Some of you think I made an acceptable parenting decision, and others think I didn’t. However, I can’t think of any way myself or my daughter can respond to a media outlet that won’t be twisted out of context. The Dallas news TV news already showed that in their brief five-minute interview with the psychologist.

Additionally, there’s absolutely NO way I’m going to send my child the message that it’s OK to gain from something like this. It would send her a message that it’s OK to profit at the expense of someone else’s embarrassment or misfortune, and that’s now how I was raised, nor how she has been raised.

So I say thank you from all of us. If we have anything to say, we’ll say it here on Facebook, and we’ll say it publicly, but we won’t say it to a microphone or a camera. There are too many other REAL issues out there that could use this attention you’re giving us. My daughter isn’t hurt, emotionally scarred, or otherwise damaged, but that kind of publicity has never seemed to be to have a positive effect on any child or family.

If you’re a news outlet that wants to ask us a question, feel free to so via email. I’m sure by now my email address is easy enough to find. It might take me a while to get to a response because I’d have to sort through the “Die you bastard” emails to find it, but we will respond if it’s something that we feel merits it. Otherwise, sorry … no interviews, no talk shows, no call-ins.

If we respond to anything, it will be on here, and it will be in a way that our words can’t be misconstrued or edited for appeal to specific audience or shock value.

Now, I’m going to try to get to work for the day.

Best of luck to all of you out there .. and PLEASE give my phone a break.

Jordan’s description of the video on YouTube read:

My daughter thought it would be funny/rebellious/cool to post on her Facebook wall just how upset she was and how unfair her life here is; how we work her too hard with chores, never pay her for chores, and just in general make her life difficult.

She chose to share this with the entire world on Facebook and block her parents from seeing it. Well, umm … she failed. As of the end of this video, she won’t have to worry anymore about posting inappropriate things on Facebook.

Maybe a few kids can take something away from this: If you’re so disrespectful to your parents and yourself as to post this kind of thing on Facebook, you’re deserving of some tough love. Today, my daughter is getting a dose of tough love.

Readers: Do you think Jordan went too far, or do you think more parents should turn to discipline of this sort?

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.