(CNN/Meredith) -- An Ohio father made his 10-year-old daughter walk to school in near-freezing temperatures after she was kicked off her bus for bullying.

Matt Cox said his daughter Kirsten was suspended from riding the school bus on Nov. 30, so he decided to teach her a lesson. 

"I realized that she viewed the privilege of riding the bus and car to and from school as a right and not a privilege," Cox told WEWS-TV.

On Monday,  he posted a video to Facebook of his daughter on her trek with the caption, "Life Lessons." 

"My beautiful daughter is going to walk 5 miles to school in 36 degree weather," he is heard saying in the video. Cox later explained that the walk was broken up over Kirsten's three-day suspension. She apparently finished the last two miles on Wednesday.

Cox said he also talked to his daughter about how her actions lead to the punishment. He said she realized that if she hadn't bullied others she wouldn't have been kicked off the bus.

The father's video has been shared more than 15 million times. Cox said he was shocked when he found out the video went viral.

"I was in complete shock that so many people responded when I originally posted it. I just thought friends and family would see it, and then a friend asked me to make it public so that they could share it," Cox said. "By the time I woke up the next day I had hundreds of messages in my inbox and saw that there were quite a few views."

Cox said he sat down with his children to show them the comments on the video so that they could understand the effects of bullying.

"She, along with my other two children, seem to show a great deal of empathy towards some of the sad stories that I read with them," Cox said.

He believes his daughter learned her lesson about bullying and will now appreciate the bus ride to school.

Cox hopes that when others view the video, they will learn just how much words can hurt others.

"I just hope that through the video being shared kids can take a look and read some of the comments and tutorials on the post and see just how much words can hurt and cut deep and can have lasting effects on those involved sometimes in the most awful cases life-ending effects," Cox said.

"I also hope that parents see the video and start holding their kids accountable for their actions and stop sweeping their child's actions under the rug with the ideology that kids will be kids. We as parents need to stop the bullying on the home front because bullying only breeds bullying," Cox said.

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Fantastic dad. Most idiot parents these days would sue the school for making her behave herself. And 36 degree weather is not bad with proper clothing. I have been in 10 below zero for hours with layered clothing and had no problems.


Legal Tough Love.


Way to go Dad [love][love][love]


Her actions LEAD to the punishment? Does anyone born in the US know English anymore?

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