Saturday, February 11, 2012

Man shoots daughter’s laptop

Albemarle man shoots daughter’s laptop after reading Facebook rant.


An Albemarle man is making a name for himself on YouTube after posting a video of himself reading his daughter’s Facebook rant and then shooting her laptop nine times with a .45-caliber handgun.
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The video was posted Wednesday and has gone viral with nearly 1.5 million views.

In the video, the man, identified as Tommy Jordan, said he posted the video in response to his daughter’s Facebook letter to her parents in which she details all the things she does for them while they “sit on (their) asses.”

According to the letter, laden with expletives, she is forced to make the beds, clean the kitchen, do the laundry, take out the trash and work in her father’s clinic.

In the video, Jordan said he spent several hours fixing his daughter’s laptop before coming across the Facebook post. He said in the video his daughter had been grounded for several months for a similar incident.

In the letter, Jordan’s daughter told her parents she should be paid for her chores.

“Pay you for chores? Seriously?” Jordan responded. “You come home from school and you have a list of chores that are on the wall because you can't remember them if you don't.”

“If you have any laundry, of your own, do it," Jordan’s video rant continued. "And if your bed is unmade, do it. You don't have to do my laundry. You don't have to make my bed. You don't have to make the guest bed. You have to make your own bed."

After reading the letter, Jordan crumpled it up and went on to talk about the accomplishments he had made by the time he was 15, his daughter’s age.

According to Jordan, when he was 15, he moved out of his parents’ house, attended college and high school at the same time, worked two jobs and served as a volunteer fireman.

“Your responsibilities include waking up on time and getting on the bus,” he said.

He then said he would post the video on her Facebook wall so she and her friends could see what sort of response she garnered from the letter.

“That right there is your laptop,” he said as he picked up the camera. “This right here is my .45.”

Jordan then emptied the gun’s nine-round magazine into the laptop. Jordan said the bullets used in the gun were exploding hollow-point rounds.

Click here to read Jordan’s post on Facebook with the unedited video.

Jordan’s response to his daughter has garnered a lot of attention from media. On Friday, he posted an open letter to media outlets seeking a response:

“Attention Media Outlets:

While we appreciate the interest you're all putting forth to get in touch with us regarding the video, we're not going to go on your talk show, not going to call in to your radio show, and not going to be in your TV mini-series.

Some of you think I made an acceptable parenting decision and others think I didn't. However, I can't think of any way myself or my daughter can ...respond to a media outlet that won't be twisted out of context. The Dallas news TV news already showed that in their brief 5 minute interview with the psychologist.

Additionally, there's absolutely NO way I'm going to send my child the message that it's OK to gain from something like this. It would send her a message that it's OK to profit at the expense of someone else's embarrassment or misfortune and that's now how I was raised, nor how she has been raised.

So I say thank you from all of us. If we have anything to say, we'll say it here on Facebook, and we'll say it publicly, but we won't say it to a microphone or a camera. There are too many other REAL issues out there that could use this attention you're giving us. My daughter isn't hurt, emotionally scarred, or otherwise damaged, but that kind of publicity has never seemed to be to have a positive effect on any child or family.

If you're a news outlet that wants to ask us a question, feel free to so via email. I'm sure by now my email address is easy enough to find. It might take me awhile to get to a response because I'd have to sort through the ‘Die you bastard’ emails to find it, but we will respond if it’s something that we feel merits it. Otherwise, sorry... no interviews, no talk shows, no call-ins.

If we respond to anything, it will be on here, and it will be in a way that our words can't be misconstrued or edited for appeal to specific audience or shock value.

Now, I'm going to try to get to work for the day.

Best of luck to all of you out there... and PLEASE give my phone a break.”

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