Philip Struthers of Tampa Bay, Florida has a curious concept of good parenting skills. In the video below, Struthers is heard egging his 16-year-old son on in a fight with another teen. Struthers is now under arrest for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The deep voice on the video below has been identified as Struthers, giving such advice as “Start throwing punches, son!” and “Yes! Yes! Yes! Knock him out! Knock him out!” Then there is the lesson in good sportsmanship: “Slam his head on the ground.”
Whatever happened to a nice pinewood derby for father and son bonding.
We have seen similar parents with gladiatorial tendencies (here and here and here).
Source: The Smoking Gun
22 thoughts on “Father Knows Best? Florida Man Arrested After Video Showing Him Urging His Teenage Son To Fight Another Boy”
You can say I am too sensitive, but even as a joke I find your comment regarding forced sterilization hard to stomach. Countless women of color and poor white women were forcibly sterilized in this country. This practice extended well into the 1980s and in fact continues on Third World women. This is similar to a joke I recently heard about rape. And just like the rape joke, not funny–Not funny in the least.
Why stoop to their level? You done right, counselor!!
Yeah, It was either that or end up in jail in a fight with the parent or parents. I guess I showed them!! 🙂
Thanks for that as I didn’t think forced sterilization was law, I’d support it for Mr. Struthers …
“I just yelled at them and told them to grow up and to go home.”
You animal, you 😀
This guy could be an Ambassador in today’s configuration of things …
Yeah, I was really hot after breaking up that fight. I was across the street on the Woodstock Square volunteering at a Friends of the Library event and I saw the two girls start to go at and the parents of the one girl pushing her to fight. Luckily I did not go after that parent. I just yelled at them and told them to grow up and to go home.
“I almost punched the father for instigating it.”
Glad that you didn’t! (That it’s criminal, I agree.)
Holy Crap! This guy was even upset that they broke the fight up! He should be in jail for such wonderful parenting! I tried to break up a fight between two 8th grade girls right in downtown Woodstock and one of the parents was egging his daughter to keep fighting. I got my shirt torn breaking it up and I almost punched the father for instigating it. Disgusting. Defending yourself is one thing, but setting up a fight in the street is criminal. Kids are going to get into scrapes, but this is criminal.
I am hopeful that both Stamford Liberal is joking.
Not sure if Stamford Liberal is serious.
Stamford Liberal: “Too bad forced sterlization isn’t allowed … people like this upstanding guy shouldn’t be allowed to breed …”
Buck v. Bell is still good law.
J. Holmes: “We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. It would be strange if it could not call upon those who already sap the strength of the State for these lesser sacrifices, often not felt to be such by those concerned, in order to prevent our being swamped with incompetence. It is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes. Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U. S. 11. Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”
““Start throwing punches, son!” and “Yes! Yes! Yes! Knock him out! Sweep the leg! Knock him out!” Then there is the lesson in good sportsmanship: “Slam his head on the ground.””
Too bad forced sterlization isn’t allowed … people like this upstanding guy shouldn’t be allowed to breed …
I read about a fight in which one 16 year old punched another once. In the nose. The bones shattered and went up into his brain and killed him. The punch thrower was just an ordinary teenaged boy, nothing out of the ordinary.
My guess was psychiatric nurse…, so I wasn’t far off the mark… Thanks for sharing that. Very sad…
(Having said this, I know some wonderful (and relatively sane) people who work in both of these areas…)
She was a psychiatric social worker.
Talk about the blind leading the blind.
Come on, Buddha… inquiring minds want to know… Of course I’d believe you…
I knew a woman in High School who would literally drive two of her kids to go fight.
I also saw her chase one son with a kitchen knife for using the coffee maker to make tea without asking permission.
And if I told you her day job?
You’d probably not believe me.
Thugs and bullies abound…
Whatever the hell happened to two people fighting it out and getting called by the Principal to explain your actions….
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