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The Laptop Shooting Father...

When I first heard about the "laptop shooting father" and watched the video, I was not going to post anything about it. But, given the amount of attention he has gotten (most of which he has not wanted), I've decided to say something.

While it is not how I would have handled that situation, I will give the father, Tommy Jordan, credit for how he has handled the affects of his YouTube video. He has been very transparent and level headed, for the most part, in his responses (all of which are on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tommyjordaniii ). Heck, some are even funny.

I give the man credit. Instead of going on every morning show or talk show, he has taken to one place where his words will be his own and not some cut up sound bite. A lot of people would have taken this chance to exploit it and make themselves rich. He has gone the other way. He is trying to raise money for MDA. From everything he has posted online, he seems to be a good normal father.

In one of his updates, he said: "You guys caught me on eight and a half minutes of ONE day in my life, probably the worst day in my life as a father.". Also he says that he has always told his daughter that whatever she puts online can comeback to haunt her later. He even said that this one video will most likely follow him forever.

I do think this should be a lesson to everyone, from kids, to teens, to adults, that everything you post online is there. Forever and ever. If you don't want it out there or don't want to deal with the repercussions then don't put it online. It goes back to what a lot of us were taught as kids: "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

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