Am I the only person here that thinks there's a real problem where you have a red-neck with attitude.... some recalcitrant brat....and a GUN?
From the it-only-could-happen-in-America-Dept.
In the 'civilized world' Child Services would be removing the kid.
First, it's difficult to classify him a Redneck. Why? This wasn't some ignorant backwoods yocal going off.
This was a well thought out response.
Here is a father who has had to face this issue before with the daughter. He told her what would happen the next time she pulled this stunt. In the interim, he went as far as to update/upgrade her laptop ($130.00 he spent) , which to me says he was trying to show he trusts her and wanted to move on.
He wasn't yelling and cursing at the camera. He was very controlled, articulate, and he explained himself well. Then, he also isn't your typical redneck in that he is divorced and on speaking terms with the mother (which is rare). He defended the mom and step-mom. I think the clincher in all of this for me was the part where he said he had spoken to the girls Mom, told her what was going on and her response to him was to 'put a bullet in it for me.' As ludicrous as that may sound, it seems they have ALL tried to work with this ungrateful little brat and have had enough.
It's not like he put the laptop in a skeet shoot and was taking pot shots at it with a rifle. He was out in a field, away from people. Evrything about his response was measured and controlled to me. I think the guy knew what he was doing and how it might look and went the extra mile to minimze cries of 'He's out of control. He has rage issues.'
Could he have donated the laptop to a needy cause or anything else? Yes. But it was his money and his choice. Personally, I think the visual is more effective.
For every parent that thinks this guy is crazy, I'm willing to bet there are five that wish they had the balls to do what he did to their kids laptops, PS3's, Xboxs, and smartphones. Of those five, probably only one or two have ever even gone as far as to just remove the items from the home.
Who knows what this guy is like in the home, but he didn't do one thing that would deserve his child being removed from the home if your going to base that decision solely on the video.