US father has been charged after filming himself sparring with his son as punishment for skipping school.

*WARNING Distressing content

A father has been charged after he forced his seventeen year old son into sparring match with him as a form of punishment, while filming it and putting it online.

The man, who has been identified as Travis Sellers from Virginia, US, put the disturbing video onto Facebook Live for the world to witness.

Before the “match” began he tells the camera that his son was being “discipline for not following my directions, secondly for teaching him how to defend himself”.

“You gunna cut up at school, this is what you gotta deal with coming home.”

“Come on, stop acting stupid,” the man can be heard yelling when his son fails to put up a fight.

“Don’t be cryin’. You don’t be cryin’ when you’re talking s*** to them teachers and being disrespectful. No you don’t,” he tells the boy.

He turns to the camera and says “that’s how you discipline a teenager”.

According to news website Rollingout, he has been charged with domestic assault and battery charges released on $US5,000 bond.

WARNING video may disturb some viewers.

Punishment gone WAY too far?

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  • I kind of get where the dad is coming from but I think he’s taken it too far. To hit your child until they are bleeding!! Wrong!!


  • Tough love? No I believe in Karma. One day this father will be begging his son not kill him because this is what this man has taught his son-violence & belittling


  • that is really disturbing. How can anyone punch their child in the head? And do it continuously and to the point where he is bleeding and say at the end “thats only the first round”?


  • I understand that Dad is disappointed and feels that his son needs some sort of implications for his actions but im sure that this was not the way to go.
    He (the Dad) should be made to go to a parenting class where he can learn how to relate to teenage boys. One thing he should be teaching them is not to use violence to deal with their problems.


  • Definitely punishment gone to far. The guy is a maniac.


  • I couldn’t watch it all. Tha man is an idiot. I’m glad he is being charged


  • This man is an abuser and a stupid one at that. His wanting to teach his son a lesson backfired badly.


  • Yes, this is extreme.


  • I am not or willing to watch the video at all. reading that was enough to feel sick to see how his father would actually think sparring is a good way of teaching him punishment. there would be no way I would have that in my household and if my husband did that, that’s it, hes out the door. there are way better things to punish a boy. that punishment is overboard.


  • No this is not the way to show your child punishment!


  • He had every intention of giving him a beating. He aimed straight for his head every time. Who knows how much head trauma may show up later?
    There is plenty of other methods of discipline that can be used. Confiscate items the lad doesn’t need for school. Ask the school for suggestions. I doubt the school knew what he had in mind. Time to investigate if the boy has a legitimate reason for walking out of the classroom.


  • His intentions were worthy, but his methods way way off.


  • Quite shocking and such a bad example of how to sort things out. What lessons does this teach the child?


  • All I can say is WOW! Abuse for sure!


  • wow. My attitude from just the article did a complete about face once I watched the video. The ‘punishment’ is not for leaving the classroom, but for not informing the dad that he did. And that is not a punishment. He isn’t training to be a boxer.
    My first thoughts that here is a dad that has probably set up a boxing fight with his 17 – nearly adult! – child and is going to put him in his place. But this horrified me.


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