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A Dad, A facebook note, a laptop and a .45.

11:38 pm - 02/09/2012
The disgruntled teenage daughter of a tech-savvy, gun-toting father just got a very public lesson in respecting one’s elders.

“That right there is your laptop,” the father, named Tommy Jordan, says in a YouTube video while pointing a video camera at a computer on laying in a patch of dirt and grass. “This right here is my .45,” he says, moving a pistol into the frame.

He cocks the weapon and shoots nine exploding hollow-point rounds into the laptop.



Jordan’s 15-year-old daughter apparently wrote a Facebook post complaining about the chores she has to do at home and the overall hassle that her parents make her life. The father took exception to the public airing of grievances, and so decided to exact his own bit of public revenge, according to the video description, as well as Facebook and Reddit posts he appears to have made.

The role of social media in family life has been debated since social networks began to catch on, but Jordan appears to be taking a proactive approach.

In the video, which is titled “Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen.” and looks to be shot from a tripod, Jordan sits down in a chair outdoors with a computer print-out in hand. He dedicates the recording to his daughter and, “more importantly for all her friends on Facebook who thought that her little rebellious post was cute, and for all you parents out there who think your, you know, kids don’t post bad things on Facebook.”

Jordan says he works in IT for a living (and, indeed, appears to run a company called Twisted Networx) and chastises his daughter for thinking she could hide the note from him with privacy settings. He then reads the purported note aloud after explaining, “since you want to hide it from everyone, I’m going to share it with everybody.”

In the note, the daughter says that she should be paid for the chores she does and her parents overwork her, criticizing them harshly. Jordan says that her complaints are mostly unjustified, and contrasts it to the work he had to do growing up.

After about seven minutes of preamble, he gets up from the chair and plugs the computer full of lead.

Jordan writes in the video description: “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.”

Mashable has attempted to contact Jordan for further comment, but so far has not received a response.


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nekokonneko 10th-Feb-2012 08:26 am (UTC)
That's not how the situation is at all. She is being made to do way more than any child should. Frankly I think you're supporting an abuser with this comment, I'm sure this is exactly how he sees and talks about her as well.
stevie_jane 10th-Feb-2012 08:36 am (UTC)
Doesn't it just kill you inside that there's support for abusive parenting? I'm fucking queasy at this point. When kids come forward and tell people what's happening at home and no one cares because children somehow deserve this treatment, that's really disturbing. Kids should be abused because they have it too good these days! What the fuck. Why does some warped sense of respect matter more than everything else?
ohmiya_sg 10th-Feb-2012 08:39 am (UTC)
He left another comment to the effect of "She'll give me respect or I'm gonna take it. Either way, I will have it."
tigerdreams 10th-Feb-2012 08:44 am (UTC)
That, combined with his gun-happy behavior, terrifies me. Like to the point that I'm starting to hope she has a friend whose parents will let her stay with them.
wrestlingdog 10th-Feb-2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
Wow.
maladaptive 10th-Feb-2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
...And I thought the video by itself was scary. D:
tigerdreams 10th-Feb-2012 08:46 am (UTC)
It really disturbs me. Knowing how helpless a kid in an abusive situation feels, because of the power a parent has over their child... Kids need to hear that some things are Not Okay to do to them.
silmaril 10th-Feb-2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
Kids should be abused because they have it too good these days! What the fuck. Why does some warped sense of respect matter more than everything else?

I started to get sick about it too, but I'm clinging to the fact that there seems to be a couple of commenters (two? three?) getting into arguments with everyone who side-eyes the entire thing and mutters "overreaction much?"

And that's what we have LJ-notes for, after all.
nekokonneko 10th-Feb-2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
I had to remove my self from this post and detox because the cavalier way so many people were dismissing the pain of a child who is clearly being worked like a mule, has her privacy violated and now can't even rant about it... sick.
romp 11th-Feb-2012 04:46 am (UTC)
I'm alarmed that so many people seem to believe he can MAKE his daughter respect him. You can not demand respect. And his immature power trip in the video doesn't inspire any.
tiddlywinks103 10th-Feb-2012 09:04 am (UTC)
I disagree that he HAS to be abusive parent, from the just the info from this post. I think everyone in here is massively projecting, me included. But, if you think I am seriously supporting an out-an-out abuser, then fine. I just disagree.
mrasaki 10th-Feb-2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU.

Throughout the entire first page I was honestly triggered by two specific people defending this situation. What IF she's not 'exaggerating' -- and by implication, lying? Someone who snoops this far into someone's private space to check up on what she's saying, and then reacts in such a way that I can't see how people /don't/ see it as violent and threatening and humiliating -- how is that not controlling behavior? And he gives her more chores to do just to give her more chores to do? Add in the fact that often abusers will downplay their victims' claims by saying that the child is just lazy, ungrateful, disrespectful, etc etc? Are you fucking serious?

Sure, she may be exaggerating. But I'm afraid not to believe her, especially in light of her father's overbearing reaction. I hope CPS gets called on this guy.

Edited at 2012-02-10 07:37 pm (UTC)
elialshadowpine 11th-Feb-2012 12:46 am (UTC)
Enough people have been supporting this very obvious abuser even after they have read further detail about the situation that it is fucking terrifying me. And this? This shit? Is why I never called anyone for help. Why I was terrified to ask my extended family. Why I was terrified to ask friends. Why I was terrified to call CPS. Because I didn't think I would be believed. Because of people like this, who support abusers, who were far too fucking frequent unless you had an absolute open/shut case like physical or sexual abuse.
tigerdreams 11th-Feb-2012 04:01 am (UTC)
I think I've said this before, but I'm so very sorry that you were in that horrible situation and felt like you didn't have anyone to turn to for help, because of shit like this and people who normalize and with abusive behavior.
evilgmbethy 11th-Feb-2012 09:02 am (UTC)
*HUGS* to you. And the sad truth is, some people don't even report if they have obvious evidence in front of their faces. There's this horrible attitude that you have to stay out of other people's business.
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