Last week, a story broke that a 13-year-old girl reportedly took her own life after being publicly humiliated in a YouTube video posted by her father. Sharing a laugh or a lesson at a child’s expense has become an Internet trend, but one father has had about enough.
YouTube user loyd5m posted a video, which at first appears to show him threatening to cut off his young son’s hair after he disrespected him. It’s a similar premise to the video taken of the girl before she took her own life.
The dad takes a razor to his son’s head and then stops, telling him he loves him and letting him go inside.
“I won’t ever in my life, ever, humiliate my own DNA on a social media network,” the father says to the camera. “I’ve seen a lot of parents do that and it actually made me cry. Humiliation can cause suicide and depression. Come on, I’m 26 and I know better than that.”
He understands that his video might offend some people, but says, “The people that might get mad with this video is the people that probably already embarrassed their child.”
The young father is appalled by the trend of parents making an example of kids online, and believes there are so many other ways to discipline a child.
“We live in a society now where people wanna record how they discipline their child… what goes on at home should stay at home… it’s unbelievable, it’s heartbreaking.”