This Dad is going massively viral after making his ‘bully’ daughter walk 5 miles to school.

Kirsten is only 10-years-old but her father said it was time for her to learn some important life lessons. Mainly that bullying will not be tolerated and should have real consequences.

Matt Cox said it was time to take action after his daughter was suspended from school for three days after she was accused of bullying fellow students on the bus for a second time.

Cox decided the suspension wasn’t enough and instead decided to make young Kirsten walk five miles to school in the 36 degree weather while he followed behind her in the family car. Throughout the video, he offers her some unsolicited commentary on the unethical ramifications and costs of bullying, with bits of stern parental wisdom.


He filmed a two-minute highlight reel of the incident and uploaded it to Facebook, where it exploded to the tune of more than 16 million views and shared more than 350,000 times.

Life lessons!!!!UPDATE: lesson learned! Still has all her extremities intact is happy and healthy and seems to have a new outlook on bullying as well as a new appreciation for some of the simple things in life she used to take for granted #HOLDOURKIDSACOUNTABLE #STOPBULLYING

Posted by Matt Cox on Monday, December 3, 2018

“Let me make this extremely clear, bullying is unacceptable, especially in my household,” he says in the video.

Although Cox never could have predicted how popular the video would become, he was quick to note that there will be a number of critics who think he’s being too hard on his daughter. After all, she was already technically being punished by her school and she’s only 10.

"Bullying is unacceptable," he says. "This is my small way of trying to stop it in my household. I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this and that's alright," he adds.

Still, he also made a point that this isn’t about sadistic punishment. He literally wanted his child to learn a lesson about bullying and why it’s never acceptable.

“Lesson learned!” he wrote in a message afterward.  “Still has all her extremities intact is happy and healthy and seems to have a new outlook on bullying as well as a new appreciation for some of the simple things in life she used to take for granted.”

Simon & Garfunkel's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" has been covered by more than 50 different musical artists, from Aretha Franklin to Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. It's a timeless classic that taps into the universal struggle of feeling down and the comfort of having someone to lift us up. It's beloved for its soothing melody and cathartic lyrics, and after a year of pandemic challenges, it's perhaps more poignant now than ever.

A few years a go, American singer-songwriter Yebba Smith shared a solo a capella version of a part of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in which she just casually sits and sings it on a bed. It's an impressive rendition on its own, highlighting Yebba's soulful, effortless voice.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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