Man forces son to run to school in the rain for bullying

Associated Press/Bianca Holman

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) — Fifth grader Hayden Thornhill admits he was acting out when he was suspended from the school bus for three days.

"I was yelling, being really obnoxious, jumping from seat to seat," said Hayden said.

Hayden couldn't ride the bus, but his father says a ride in their truck or on his bike would be a treat for him; so Hayden had to run to school.

"I was like, I've gotta fix this, I have to do something, be proactive," said his father, Bryan Thornhill.

"I thought it was going to be horrible when I started the run. I was like, oh, this isn't too bad," Hayden said.

Bryan Thornhill uses social media often and decided to share Hayden's punishment on Facebook Live.

"What made this different is because it wasn't for the sport. It wasn't to race dad. It was because I lost my privilege. If you don't put gas in our car, you walk. You made a mistake," Thornhill said.

What has Hayden learned from his punishment?

"It might be fun being hyper, but after that, it's not going to be fun, because you have to pay the price."

Now what about the millions of views of his punishment?

"I didn't think that many people would care that much," Hayden said.

There have been people who agree and disagree with Bryan Thornhill's parenting style; but he stands by the tough love.

"Its called parenting not parented, there is an 'ing.' it's an action, you keep going with it. It's an everyday process," he said.

Watch the Facebook video below. Viewer discretion is advised due to language.