Fed-Up North Carolina Father Shoots Daughter's Laptop
An irate, gun-slinging father has become an Internet sensation after he avenged his daughter's bratty Facebook post with his own eight-minute rant that ended with his shooting her laptop eight times, apparently prompting a visit from police and child-protection authorities.
Tommy Jordan, an IT worker from Albemarle, N.C., uploaded the clip to YouTube last week and has since had more than 22 million views. He sits in a wooden chair in a field and addresses the camera, discussing daughter Hannah's recent Facebook wall post, where she complains about her parents' making her do chores around the house.
"I'm tired of picking up after you. You tell me at least once a day to get a job," Hannah, 15, wrote on Facebook. "I have no idea how I have a life. I'm gonna hate to see the day when you get too old to wipe your a**, and you call me asking for help. I won't be there."
Jordan's lengthy response to his daughter, in which he reveals he is an IT worker who stumbled on to her Facebook post, culminates in his firing eight rounds from his .45-caliber handgun into the laptop. In his response to his daughter, he asks her "Are you out of your mind?" for complaining about housework and his telling her to get a job.
Before destroying the girl's laptop, Jordan reveals that he had just spent $130 on software to upgrade the PC for her.
Since the video lit up the Internet after Jordan filmed it Feb. 7, he has been visited by both the police and Child Protective Services (CPS), according to a post on his own Facebook wall. He says that the police told him "Kudos, sir," and that he received a thank you from the entire detective's squad, and that CPS was comfortable with him as a parent after the visit.
"The kind lady from Child Protective Services looked all through the house, the yard, and found ours to be a healthy home," Jordan wrote. "She wasn't at all scared of me but I could tell she doesn't like guns as a general rule. To each their own though. She was comfortable that I was adhering to NC gun safety regulations for the protection of minors, and that's all she needed."
Jordan has not responded to email from ABC News, and someone hangs up on calls to his cellphone and office. The police department and Child Protective Services have not responded to requests for comment.
The lack of any threat to Jordan's daughter might be clear, but the video has managed to ignite debate about Jordan's response in the clip he titled "Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen. " Although the clip has more than 246,000 likes on YouTube, it has more than 21,000 dislikes, and has triggered debate about the merits of taking to YouTube and the use of a firearm.
The debate has also included the question of how helpful such a "tough love" tactic is for adolescents, compared to a conversation with the children.
The fallout from the clip appears to be a mixed bag for Jordan. He has explained on his Facebook page that he has had to chase the media from his lawn, and does not appear to want to do any interviews about the clip or his thoughts on parenting. Still, he has not made no effort to protect his privacy on Facebook or on YouTube, where once can view a number of clips he has uploaded.
Jordan has, however, managed to flip the controversy into generating donations for a cause that appears to be close to his heart, he says, raising more than $5,000 for an area Muscular Dystrophy Association drive.
His daughter, Hannah, might even benefit from the attention: The manager of Morgan's Dairy Bar, a nearby coffee and ice cream shop, posted a response clip online offering the young girl her first job.
ABC News' Joanna R. Stern contributed to this report.