“This right here is just old-school, simple parenting. This ain’t killing nobody. This is a healthy way for a child to be punished.”—Bryan Thornhill.
Recently, Thornhill, a father of two, from Roanke, knew he had to put a stop to his son’s actions after hearing that he was kicked out of the school bus and told he couldn’t board it for three days because he bullied others.
“I was sliding under the seat. I was yelling and being really obnoxious. I accidentally jumped on one of the kids and hit him in his bad spot,” his 10-year-old son, Hayden, told WSET.
“I was like, I’ve gotta fix this, I have to do something, be proactive,” Thornhill told ABC 12.
Since the bus wouldn’t accept him for three days, Thornhill told his son that he’d have to run a mile to school for misbehaving. The boy even ran in the rain with his backpack.
“I thought it was going to be horrible when I started the run. I was like, oh, this isn’t too bad,” Hayden said.
Thornhill told The Washington Post that though Hayden was diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the boy has to be disciplined.
“He’s got ADHD but I’m not going to let it define him and limit him. He’s going to have to take responsibility for his actions. We can’t use our handicaps as our excuses in life. We have to find a way to move on,” Thornhill said.
Thornhill said that since starting this punishment, Hayden’s behavior has improved.
“Ironically, since he’s been running to school this week, his behavior’s been much better. Teachers have approved of his behavior this week. He hasn’t gotten in trouble this week, where last week, he was just absolutely out of his mind,” Thornhill told ABC 7.
And Hayden agreed with his dad’s method.
“It was a good punishment, I really deserved it,” he said. “I think he gave me a good punishment.”
According to 10 News, a psychiatrist at Carilion told the news outlet that other parents can learn from Thornhill’s method.
“I think it’s going to be a role model for him, right? That when people are doing things that others don’t want, others can force them to do things,” said Dr. Robert Trestman.
What do you think of Thornhill’s method?
Who knows, perhaps Thornhill thinks his son won’t be needing the bus anymore, for he’s found that taking a run to school has done him a world of good.