Tommy Jordan, the laptop-shooting dad, who emptied the bullets in his handgun into his daughter's laptop and posted the video to Facebook, said that both he and his daughter, Hannah Marie, made mistakes that day but that he stands behind what he did.
Jordan recorded the video of him shooting Hannah's laptop after he found her expletive-laden Facebook rant, complaining about her chores and her parents.
I am not your damn slave. It is not my responsibility to clean up your sh-t. We have a cleaning lady for a reason. Her name is Linda, not Hannah, the girl's post read in part. If you want coffee get off you're a-- and make it yourself. If you want to garden shovel the fertilizer yourself. Don't sit back on you're a-- and watch me do it.
In the eight-minutes-and 23-seconds-long video, which has more than 31 million views on YouTube, Jordan said it was the most disappointing day of his life as a father when he found Hannah's post.
I don't know how to correct the situation, Jordan wrote on his Facebook page last month. Since I can't seem to make any headway with my daughter on Facebook, I chose instead to remedy the problem permanently.
The North Carolina father, his 15-year-old daughter and his wife, Amy, spoke to the Today's Matt Lauer about what life has been like since the incident.
I have a great kid, Jordan said of his daughter. A lot of people took eight minutes and 23 seconds of my life to judge me, and they took about 30 seconds of those where I read Hannah's note to judge her.
I have a great daughter, he added. She made a mistake that day. I made a mistake that day. I stand behind what I did, but the consequences were a lot larger than what hers were.''
Jordan added that she is still grounded and without a new laptop.
Hannah told Lauer that she and her dad talked about the incident.
We went our separate ways after a while, but we came back together, she said. We were laughing about it soon afterwards. I think he overreacted a little bit, but I understand.''
Jordan said the biggest thing he has learned from the incident as that everything they did since the video was watched for a month.
The public scrutiny has helped all of us think about everything that is going on in our lives, he said.
Amy said they have always told Hannah don't post anything on the Internet you don't want the world to see.
That was one of the reasons why we were upset with her in the first place, Amy said. I think all of this has driven the point home.
Jordan also said there was some thought behind his action, as he saved her hard drive with all her data and presented it to her.
Whenever you get a laptop you can put that back in it, Jordan told Hannah. Fair enough?
Yup, she said.
Watch Lauer's interview with Jordan below:
Watch Jordan fire shots into his daughter's laptop below:
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