Last week, Tommy Jordan’s 15-year-old daughter, Hannah, posted an expletive-laden rant on Facebook (News - Alert) stating that she was a “slave” in her home and should be paid for the chores that she performed around the house. Jordan, who had just invested part of his weekend and $130 fixing up Hannah’s laptop, disagreed.
In response, he posted an eight-minute You-Tube diatribe directed at his daughter and her friends who had “liked” the post. Then he shot the laptop with exploding rounds.
The video went viral, capturing well over 22 million views. It also captured the attention of North Carolina police and of child protective services. The visits passed without incident. Jordan reported on his Facebook page that the police had given him “kudos.”
Most parents probably don’t have the means to riddle their teen’s laptop with bullets. Most parents are unsure of whether or not they should “friend” their children and how much they should follow their children on social media. According to a report released late last year by the Pew (News - Alert) Research Center, six out of 10 teens say that their parents have checked their social media profiles, and 45 percent of parents have “friended” their children on social networks.
Four out of five teens report that their parents have coached them about the safe use of the Internet. The report didn’t mention how many parents had opened fire on their children’s laptops.
Jordan seems to be handling notoriety with aplomb. Although he claims that he chased Good Morning America off of his lawn, he has used his newfound fame to raise a significant amount of money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He has also used the opportunity to promote his IT company, Twisted Networx.
Jordan did state, however, that he has no plans to run for president. “I'm NOT running for President, have no intention of running for President, and would probably make a crappy president because… never mind why. That'd just open another can of worms! lol.”
To donate to Jordan’s Muscular Dystrophy Association event, visit his Facebook page. Jordan estimates that if everyone who viewed the video donated $1, then the whole incident will have a positive outcome. That is, unless you’re Hannah Jordan’s laptop.
Jacqueline Lee is a TMCnet contributor who produces web content, blogs and articles for numerous websites including wikiHow.com. Her background is in business and education.
Edited by Jennifer Russell