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I agree there should be consequences for actions. In this particular case, the boy was 15 - old enough to know better certainly. There are numerous "public shaming" things viral on the internet though and I think it is counterproductive.
I totally agree that it's likely to make the bullying behavior escalate ultimately.
Paula, I couldn't agree more and I like your approach better - to teach that kindness feels good, as opposed to adding more shame and misery to an already obviously struggling person.
Eric Dierker says
I appreciate your candor and on-par analysis of the situation with the child.
Totally agree. Narcissism on part of the father to have to do this publicly for praise from the public. In stark contrast to the reasonable answers here - people on that page were praising his "amazing" parenting skills and I was astonished!
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Ali Reese says
Agreed. I think people mistake discipline and punishment. Discipline is positive and instills lessons and morals. Punishment is demeaning and devalues the target. Discipline teaches respect - not humiliation.