Dad shoots laptop after Facebook post

2012-02-10 22:54

Washington - A video of an angry American father pumping nine bullets from a handgun into his daughter's laptop has gone viral on YouTube and sparked an impassioned online debate over his parenting skills.

Tommy Jordan, of North Carolina, explains in the video, which he titled "Facebook Parenting: for the troubled teen" that he was upset by a Facebook post by his 15-year-old daughter in which she complained about her parents.

"This is for my daughter, Hannah, and more importantly for all her friends on Facebook who thought her little rebellious post was cute," Jordan says, speaking into a video camera apparently set up on a tripod.

Wearing a cowboy hat and smoking a cigarette, the video opens with Jordan sitting in a chair and reading with unconcealed outrage from the Facebook post, in which his daughter complains about having to do chores around the house.

"Pay you for chores? Are you out of your mind?" he says. "You don't have that hard a life but you're about too."

Jordan describes the Facebook post as "disrespectful" and says he's "going to put a stop to it."

He then picks up the camera and points it at a laptop lying on the ground.

"That right there is your laptop," he says. "This right here is my .45."

Jordan then begins to pepper the laptop with bullets.

Pausing at one point, he addresses his daughter: "You have to pay me back for these too because these are about a dollar apiece."

After plugging the laptop full of holes Jordan tells his daughter "you can have a new laptop when you buy a new laptop.

"Hope you've enjoyed your little fiasco on Facebook," he concludes.

The video, which was posted to YouTube on Wednesday, has attracted 2.1 million views in just two days, been "liked" around 62 000 times and "disliked" around 4,800 times.

It has also spawned a debate about Jordan's parenting style, gathering more than 36 000 comments on YouTube and thousands more on his Facebook page.

Most approve of his actions although by no means all.

"You are one very twisted dude. I hope you get some help with your anger problem before you use that gun on someone, like your daughter," wrote Jim Freedom on Facebook.

Another Facebook poster, Rachelle Tolbert, told Jordan "Great job".

"Anyone who thinks you're an awful parent is either a teen [no explanation needed ther], or a parent who lets their kids walk all over them. I think your vid was effective and reasonable," Tolbert said.

"As a father of now grown children, there is very little that will get the attention of a teenage girl... I bet this has, Good job!" said Edward Harrison.

  • Rudluv7 - 2012-02-10 23:03


      gauchet1 - 2012-02-11 08:58

      And the look on here face....priceless!

      Johan - 2012-02-11 12:18

      This reminds me of Zoolander. "The files are inside the computer"...

      Rene - 2012-02-11 12:44

      Good on you Tommy!!!!

      rbphiri - 2012-02-11 15:16

      I can now see all her Face book friends getting bullet vests after this incident.

      rbphiri - 2012-02-11 15:18

      hopefully he aimed for her wall, to ensure that she never ever updates her status again.

      Christopher - 2012-02-13 10:03

      Hahaha...Brilliant...That was classic...Awesome. Well done Dad...

  • Feziwe - 2012-02-10 23:17

    lol, tjo, I wouldn't wanna mess with this man. That child has a filthy mouth on her though. I hope she gets in line after this!

  • Willem - 2012-02-10 23:18

    Dad of the year

      Merven - 2012-02-13 08:12

      I can't believe how spoiled these kids are!!

  • Francois Shannon Ackermann - 2012-02-10 23:38

    He's got my vote for president!!

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-02-11 09:06

      Wouldnt it be good to see Zooma demonstrating to corrupt and lazy government officials, ANC self enrichers, JuJu and a few others, that he means business. We need a leader, not some political survivor struggling to retain power.

      fredahsm - 2012-02-11 09:55

      @adrien.mcguire: why does everything have to be abt politcs, guess u blame everything tht goes wrong in your household on politics. have to give you credit though since u not blaming Mr Zuma. The man acted rational, a mess was posted on social network, he addressed it on social network, parents have duties & responsibilities and so do kids.

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-02-11 15:22

      @fredahsm I suggest you read the post I was responding to, and at the same time I don't think your assertions about what happens in my household are correct, and nor do you have any knowledge of my situation. Get with the program and read and understand the threads before knocking someones post. BTW, Have a nice day.

  • ramiz.arieff - 2012-02-11 00:27

    Holy Jesus! this guys is THE BOSS! wow i totally respect everything he said and did, he is very reasonable, he warned his daughter about posting crap on Facebook and she didn't listen, you get what you deserve! No Sorry or sympathy to Hanna at all, Good one Dad! GOOD ONE!

      Donna - 2012-02-13 08:43

      @ramiz. how about i say holy allah! rest of your comments i agree with.

  • tony.emond - 2012-02-11 01:24

    Well, if we ever hear about this guy shooting the rest of his family before turning the gun on himself, you can't say there wasn't one guy who called it ahead of time.

      Rob - 2012-02-11 05:36

      Go vote for a Democrat somewhere

      Thomas - 2012-02-11 15:07

      That was stupid. If he took the laptop and pitched it in the trash would say he was going to throw his family in the trash? If he took it from her and sold it would you say he would sell his family too? All he did was take something from her. That she doesn't deserve)Instead of putting it in the attic and giving it back later, he shot it and told her to buy her own. If she wants another one she'll have to get off her lazy ass and get that job he spoke of huh? She better tighten up. She'll be 16 soon and want a car. Who do yoou think is going to buy her Lazy, disrespectful non working ass that?

      Jason - 2012-02-12 12:00

      Agree with Thomas that was just silly..

      Merven - 2012-02-13 08:13

      Why do I get the idea that tony is also a spoiled brat.

  • Cletus - 2012-02-11 01:29

    Awesome!!!! Totally Awesome!!

  • Forest - 2012-02-11 01:47

    i'm 18 and i believe his actions were pretty awesome. kids these days don't realize how easy they have, and as for parents these days grow up and be the adult not your kids friend. it's okay to an extent but parents should still have the authority in the house hold

  • Jacob - 2012-02-11 02:20

    Way to go sir! Deffinatly father of the decade!

  • David - 2012-02-11 03:06 spoof

  • Shannon - 2012-02-11 03:08


      Dave - 2012-02-11 04:09

      Did nothing wrong? He destroyed property, used a fire arm to destroy an computer avatar of his daughter, endangered a minor . . . all he is a spoiled brat throwing a tantrum because someone said something mean about him on facebook. Give me a break.

      Jason - 2012-02-11 09:50

      @Dave, did you watch the VID? by your comments i doubt it. She was nowhere near him at the time. He was on his land away from everyone. He bought the laptop so in actual fact its his property. and what computer avatar did he destroy...........??????

      gbbfg - 2012-02-11 14:13

      Dave, please watch the video before you post. Personally I thought that was a pretty obvious thing to do but clearly some of us didn't make that connection?

      Pierre - 2012-02-12 08:16

      Jordan? Probably more a Jordaan whose Christian values clashed with the non-racial new SA, and had find refugee status in the States. Ok you won’t like my joke, but common, clearly this guy is somewhat unstable. Unstable people with .45’s are bad news. Then there is possible not even a daughter…

      Merven - 2012-02-13 08:18

      @Dave 1. He bought it, so it is his property 2. You can use a fire arm (hell, even in SA you can use a fire arm on a farm) 3. the daughter wasn't close 4. It is called respect, the fact that you don't know it, say a lot about yourself (but I see on your facebook you're from America, so clearly also one of those spoiled brats, thinking it is your dad's duty to give you everything you wants).

  • MoonShyneTK - 2012-02-11 04:00

    I hope she gets emancipation after this.

      Rob - 2012-02-11 05:39

      sounds like you have already been emancipated from good sense

      Thomas - 2012-02-11 15:24

      I hope she gets emancipated too. Then she can take her spoiled ass out into the real world and see what it's like. When she has to work to pay rent let's see how many different boss she says, "i'm not your damn slave!" to! She complains about sweeping a floor (5 minutes), wiping a counter (2 minutes) unloading a dishwasher (5 minutes) making HER OOWN BED (which should be done before the starts.) and HER OWN LAUNDRY (once a week) And you think she can leave the home in which everything is handed to her and make it???? Really???? I hope she gets emancipated as well.

  • danielle.r.phillips - 2012-02-11 04:40

    If you don't get what he did - you're probably not a parent. I've noticed that most people who seem to know EVERYTHING about raising children don't actually have any. I have two, and while they're little now, pray I NEVER go through what just happened to him. He's not gonna go crazy on her daughter - trust me, if he were unstable he would've shot her, not her laptop. The man sent a strong message - there are lots of people with guns in this country. It's your constitutional right to have one. He used the gun that our founding fathers said he could have, to illustrate a point and really, for shock value. His daughter was COMPLETELY wrong. He has every right to destroy a laptop he paid for, and use a gun to do it - cause we live in America. If you have a problem with what he did - fine. Then don't do what he did, and raise your children the way you want. I hate people telling me how to parent my kids - they're my kids...each parent has the right to do something that will send their child to therapy. At least this is a better excuse than not getting a stupid barbie.

      Silvana - 2012-02-11 05:33

      @danielle. I believe in discipline. My question is; if this Jordan character has good parenting skills, why did he have to go to suck exteme measures to prove a point to his daughter? She's 15 already. You cannot really change a child's behaviour once they've passed the age of 10.

      Silvana - 2012-02-11 05:34

      oops. suck = such. LOL

      Art Martinez - 2012-02-11 07:49

      @silvana. Well how would you feel if she was your daughter? Not good,you might feel like a failure. Maybe that the way the father feels. I would feel disrespected. Oh and remember this is not the first time she posted stuff like that in her wall, now he might of gotten his point across. Kudos to the father of this girl

      Merven - 2012-02-13 08:20

      'You cannot really change a child's behaviour once they've passed the age of 10.' I don't ever want to meet your kids, they are (or going to be) clearly misfits.

  • David - 2012-02-11 04:46 see this spoof

  • Jaco Laubscher - 2012-02-11 04:49

    Whats wrong with shooting your OWN laptop??

  • tony.pezza - 2012-02-11 04:58

    wow, great job supposed dad do you think your daughter may outlive you? I am not saying you shouldnt discipline her, but to discipline her in front of her peers? Hey i dont have enough money to shoot up a laptop, but if i did, i surely would not OBVIOUSLY side with my new wife, her step mom, to OVER discipline her. are you really comfortable with the fact, that no matter how slim, your daughter may hate you the rest of her life? you ruined her in front of her peers. a teenager who is pointed at and laughed at the rest of her high school life? sure, i believe in discipline, but holy cra destroy your own daughter publicly for what many teenagers do anyway? i am not condoning her foul mouth or her angry demeaner....i am just saying, is it worth losing your daughter so you can be the absolute boss? sure, tell me to mind my own business...but a pop on the butt and a sit on the step for 5 family private, has seemed to work wonders for me.

      Gail - 2012-02-11 13:20

      Tony I agree that it is overkill however I think you will find that what he did will gain her more sympathy from the badass kids she hangs out with than mockery. Sure what he did was shock value and even possibly deserved but in reality this young girl sounds like the victim of a broken marriage and you have no idea what and when she went through the divorce. The lack of discipline might actually come from the fact that he was himself undisciplined and caused the divorce. The real problem here is that kids understand love and deserve love and care but they also understand a good hiding if they act out and to be set a good example. This needs to happen before they go to kindergarten. If you fail in those first years you have missed the bus. Learning from the mistakes you made doesn't give you the right to use weapons to prove a point. My parenting style was criticised by my own mother but you know what? I have three absolutely awesome sons who knew right from wrong BEFORE they went to school and I wasn't able to be a stay at home Mom. My husband and I agreed BEFORe we had children what we considered appropriate and we stuck with it. They were able to petition the one parent about discipline meted out but they understood that they couldn't play one off against the other. Disagreements over discpline meted out was discussed behind closed doors between us and if one of us erred we apologised to the child which taught them that adults also make mistakes.Counselling!

      ajm.jordan - 2012-02-11 13:25

      I see your point Tony and a good one at that, But now her peers know that this guy is not to be messed with, especially when it comes, time to start dating. She going to be home at 10 o'clock on the dot every Saturday night until she's 30 :) Every parent of a teenager know that as soon as their kids reached puberty they go a bit mental over night. Some thing to do with the Brian rewiring it self. But they soon come right again about 21-25 Has for her and her peers they all have the same kind of Problems in life take a look at that MTV program "If you really know me" She will get over it and she will be telling her kid about it "When I was your age My dad Shot my Laptop and you think you got it bad?" You know Tony you can remember your parent saying the same sort of thing to you "In my Day ......!" right?.

      Thomas - 2012-02-11 15:32

      If she doesn't want to be imbarrassed in front oof her peers then she'll act right from now on. And how do you knoow it was the new wife's idea. He said (and i thought i heard him your mother, maybe stepmother),"she wants me to shooot one for her." Sounds to me like it's his idea and she made the comment"give one for me." And it's not iis job to be her friend, or care about what her friends think. My mother sat me down as a little boy and let me (and my sister) know early. "My job is to raise you to be a man, and a good one! I don't care If yoou do not like it. When i close my eyes for the last time, if i know you and your sister can take oof yourselves after i am gone then i will die a happy woman." And you better belive that after we learned her style of disipline, we did what we were freaking supposed to, and she gave us a wonderful life, and awesome childhood. Not his job to care if she her friends point and laugh. Tha is her job to care, and her job to make sure it doesn't happen. She played the game and she lost. Plain and simple.

      Merven - 2012-02-13 08:22

      Well, she insulted them infront of her peers. What goes around, comes around.

  • Rob - 2012-02-11 05:41

    Proof that guns can be very dangerous, but if used properly then they are a lot of fun!!!!

  • Paul - 2012-02-11 06:32

    For sale: A laptop now with windows

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-02-11 07:06

      Patch downloads compulsory

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-11 07:25

      Windows 9 nogal!

      Gail - 2012-02-11 13:37

      Maybe it was just a stunt to raise money for MDA which is an awful disease and it is good to know that they will benefit. I still feel tho that it is extreme and the laptop could probably have cost what he has raised with no guns involved.

  • Carol-lynne Roos - 2012-02-11 06:44

    The guy probably doesn't even have a daughter! Looks to me like it's just a video made to elicit comment and to see how many hits it can get.would be interesting to know if it's legit!

  • keith.staniford - 2012-02-11 07:16

    @Pierre Grow up and stop voicing your racist crap on an article that had no racial overtones at all. You are a sick puppy!

      Pierre - 2012-02-12 08:04

      @ Keith - I was nowhere racist. You must learn to accept your own short comings and don’t blame me of racism for pointing it out. You are a sick piece of garbage.

  • cruywagen - 2012-02-11 07:18

    I wonder what is the real story behind this incident? I am horrified at what goes on with young people and social networks. Maybe we all felt like destroying a laptop at some stage. We have strict policies in our home about internet and everything relating to it, but I must say, is this behavior beyond any of us when it comes to the safety of our children. I just note sure that I could comment on this situation honestly...

  • kellicates84 - 2012-02-11 07:27

    People need to go to this guy's Facebook and read his posts. Even his daughter thinks that all the angry things other people are posting regarding his parenting and her "psychological issues" are stupid. Her initial reaction was "dude, I can't believe you shot my laptop." But she's handling it better than a good percentage of viewers!

  • Assis - 2012-02-11 07:32

    His actions might be drastic but I think the lesson will always be remembered. No such thing as an easy life.

  • kirsty.annandale - 2012-02-11 07:42

    Go look at his profile on Facebook ....

  • Etrezia Lombard - 2012-02-11 07:42

    I thhink dad and daughter made this whole video to get youtube famouse!

      Hector - 2012-02-11 07:48

      Famouse that Mickey's lesser know cousin ??

  • Gerhard - 2012-02-11 07:59

    Well done brother!!!! Let the kids take notice: Parents strike back!!!!!

  • ednadp - 2012-02-11 08:20

    Awesome! LOL

  • karen.opperman - 2012-02-11 08:30

    Insanity is hereditary. We get it from our children!

  • Joseph - 2012-02-11 08:31

    Well i hope young people will realise after this that they still have to respect their parents. Good job to the father for been a real father and not accepting a childs bull and teaching them values in life.

      Gary - 2012-02-11 08:42


  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-02-11 08:45

    Good one

  • Michael - 2012-02-11 08:49

    I do think with teenagers, you have to go extremes to get through.... She was SO disrespectful and not appreciative AT ALL....and that is the problem with most teenagers... Her father JUST spent $130 to upgrade her laptop, probably for all of the hard work she does put in and to reward her, but instead she was ungrateful.. AND totally dismissed them like they meant anything by saying...well when your older, I won't be there.... was a little B....did he go to the extreme? YES and she went to the extreme by what she said...

  • Lynn - 2012-02-11 08:53

    This is brilliant. I take my hat off to this man. The kids of today think that parents are there just to demand things from. Alll kids should have chores and they should not expect payment. They live, eat, are clothed, are educated and loved by their parents. For this they should help around the house. The other function of chores is to teach responsibility. You show me an adult who can't cope with life and I will tell you that ten to one he or she was a spoilt brat who never lifted a finger around his parents house. These days it is all just about illegal to discipline our own kids and this is the result a generation of disrespectful, selfish and lazy kids. Not to mention the sense of self entitlement they walk around with. They think the world revolves around them and what they want. I say well done to this man.

      Stanleyjeanone Robertsonvdknokke - 2012-02-11 09:03

      Agree, 100%

      trix.duvenage - 2012-02-11 14:32

      Get grip bro ATR. You are living in the new age. Kom ek praat Afrikaans met jou. Die dae toe kinders in en om die huis gehelp het bloot om waardering te toon vir wat hulle ouers vir hulle doen was die dae toe tandepasta nog wit was en slasto nog klip was..... Die meeste van vandag se kinders dink die wereld skuld hulle iets. Ek is gelukkig om wonderlike kinders te he, maar ek spog nie daaroor nie. Ek dink dit is genade om goeie kinders te he. As mens om jou rond kyk na die algemene jeug vandag rys jou hare.....

  • Angelique Nel - 2012-02-11 08:58

    I don't agree with his parenting skills but his daughter deserves it. Hannah sounds like like a selfish spoilt brat who deserves every bit of punishment. The way she sounded in her Facebook post seems like she might even put a bullet through her own parents if she doesn't get her way !!

  • Erika Duvenhage Verwey - 2012-02-11 09:30

    I don't like the destructive nature of this dad's response. But he's acting out of pain. What redeems him is that he kept his word, and that he remains calm and in control. What a disrespectful, disloyal, unthankful, lazy little girl..! What a total sissy! She doesn't realize how priviledged she is to have good parents. Not only do they do their best to teach her values and prepare her for life, but they also spoil her. Thank the Lord she's not mine.. I would've rather sold the laptop, but that's just me..

      Merven - 2012-02-13 08:24

      'I would've rather sold the laptop,' lol, in the states laptops are so cheap, it is not even worth selling. It is probably going to cost more to advertise the laptop than getting money for it.

  • francoisvdmerwe - 2012-02-11 09:35

    This guy is actually a good guy he is raising money from facebook for MDA disease because the video went viral. His page: "Pre Viral: Spent 1 month raising money for MDA on Facebook. Earned $320.00 Post Viral: Spent 2 days raising money for MDA on Facebook. Earned another $3,050.00 with no sign of slowing down so far..."

      francoisvdmerwe - 2012-02-11 09:38

      and btw she said he has no psycological problems and their relationship is fine and laughed just wrote she cant believe her dad shot her laptop

  • Dirk - 2012-02-11 10:15

    dumb ass!

      Hector - 2012-02-11 11:02

      yes ... you are ..100%

  • jessbutterfly21 - 2012-02-11 10:20

    I love this Dad's guts. Kids go to far these day's. Kids show your parent's some respect or your guardians. There the reason you can post in the first place. You wouldn't be here if your parents hadn't made you, looked after you, paid for the computer you have or the internet you use. Good on you, from down under.

  • gerry.woodrow - 2012-02-11 10:33

    Well done Dad! I believe you really love your daughter and devised a possibly effective method of highlighting the magnitude of her offense in your eyes. If it works, you have done her a tremendous service. What I also found encouraging was the ratio of likes to dislike input on you tube.

  • Erika Duvenhage Verwey - 2012-02-11 10:56

    I don't like the destructive nature of this dad's response. But he's acting out of pain. What redeems him is that he kept his word, and that he remains calm and in control. What a disrespectful, disloyal, unthankful, lazy little girl..! What a total sissy! She doesn't realize how priviledged she is to have good parents. Not only do they do their best to teach her values and prepare her for life, but they also spoil her. Thank the Lord she's not mine.. I would've rather sold the laptop, but that's just me..

  • sisa.petse - 2012-02-11 11:12

    That's America for you...Its good that thier guns are not pointed at us alone but at themselves too!

  • Shirley - 2012-02-11 11:28

    Well done! I hope she got the fright of her life!!!"the world owes me a living" attitude is all too prevelant!

  • Piston - 2012-02-11 12:00

    Give that man a Ford F250...and a case of Buds!

  • ajm.jordan - 2012-02-11 12:22

    Has soon has I saw this video On Chive I got my 15 year old son to watch it He was all mouth when it started just like any teenager, but he was stunned silent for 2 minutes after wards

  • Gail - 2012-02-11 12:41

    I don't approve of using a gun to solve these sort of issues. He could have sent out an equally strong message by selling her laptop publically tosomebody else and sent out he message that he paid for her laptop and if she wants to be paid for doing chores around the home then she can work for one of her own. I watched Medical Detectives just last night about a troubled teen girl who was murdered by a stepfather when he caught her in an act of defiance because he was angry. Now he is in jail for life, she is dead - it's a lose lose situation. This Dad has some serious psychological problems and it is not surprising that the daughter seems to have issues of her own. It is time that the youth were taught that whie they were at home they have the right of appeal and an apology but while they are eating your food and benefitting from your labour you rule. I hope they both get the help they need and that he loses the gun forever.

      Thomas - 2012-02-11 15:43

      Then that is how you can raise your kids. His child, his laptop, his gun.

      Tooka - 2012-02-12 23:22

      I'd sooner have a parent like him, who makes some not-so-subtle and easy-to-remember points, than a parent like you, who seems to aquire her vast amount of knowlege and skills from some second rate TV show.

  • Sunnyboy - 2012-02-11 12:52

    i dont see no harm, i think the child was uncalled for post in the fb that her parents are making her do many chores, what the dad did does mean he is violent, he was just demonstrating his power,authority, and maintaining order in his household, and i cant even think of him going further than that

  • Thulane - 2012-02-11 13:15


  • Noko Trevor - 2012-02-11 13:21

    I like what the father did but i also understand the views of those who may be concerned. In this case i don think the father went across to the insanity side, but he's close, right there, face to face. Is he gonna tip over, i doubt, but then u never know, it's America after all.

      Thomas - 2012-02-11 15:46

      If he were close to tipping over to insanity he would have shot the laptop while she was holding it or using it aat the time. He took the time to take it to an open field, place it on the ground, and shoot down at it. That is not insane. That was well thought out.

  • Noko Trevor - 2012-02-11 13:22

    I like what the father did but i also understand the views of those who may be concerned. In this case i don think the father went across to the insanity side, but he's close, right there, face to face. Is he gonna tip over, i doubt, but then u never know, it's America after all.

      Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2012-02-11 17:01

      Watch the'll see the incident was done under completely safe circumstances and that he's very much calm and sane. He's just following through on a threat he made the last time she put up a disrespectful post on which stage he only grounded her. He's not at all a danger

      Noko Trevor - 2012-02-11 17:33

      Will do so. Kinda relieved after what u told me. I wonder what impact it may have on her, lol!

  • cynthia.gifford - 2012-02-11 14:15

    Too many children feel entitled to cell phones, laptops, cars, etc. A child is a member of a family and should contribute by helping with chores. Then, parents can reward their children with more and better things. If a teenager doesn't want to help her family and publicly complains about doing chores, then she/he should be considered "a ward of the state" in her own home, which means you get what need, not what you want and at 18yo. your on your own. Best of luck.

  • trix.duvenage - 2012-02-11 14:27

    This daddy needs help. He is obviously frustrated and does not know how to deal with it. But, I suppose he will get used to the new generation in good time and then he will laugh at himself for wasting his own money. I also think he wil buy the kid another one before the end of next week. Maybe his frustration has something to do with too little attention.....

      Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2012-02-11 16:58 obviously did not watch the video before posting your comment

      Tooka - 2012-02-12 23:30

      Glad I'm not your child.