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Dad tells 10-year-old son to walk home 47 miles in sub-freezing weather for ‘playing like crap’

Jan 11, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT


I’m not exactly sure what floorball is, but apparently it’s big in Sweden — so big that one parent became unhinged when his son, age 10, turned in a poor performance during a youth tournament. The kid’s punishment? Dad left him outside the arena in the cold, wearing only a t-shirt and shorts, telling him he had to walk home. His home was 47 miles away, in Stockholm.

The lonely boy was standing outside the Fyrishov arena when the coach of senior floorball team Sirius came by to drop off some match equipment in the arena.

Coach Conny Eriksson told the boy to go inside since it was “seven or eight degrees below freezing outside” but discovered the boy was still there ten minutes later.

The boy then told Eriksson his father had left him there in just shorts and t-shirt.

“It’s so cruel, these things can’t happen. You don’t leave your child in another city and then go home,” Eriksson told local daily Uppsala Nya Tidning, UNT.

Surely when the father was contacted he would tell the coach that it was all a misunderstanding. Right?

The concerned coach was then able to phone the father and asked what was going on.

“But he didn’t think that was any of my business and said that ‘the boy played like crap and that he could walk home’.”

Well, as long as there’s a rational explanation.

Local prosecutors are interested in looking into the incident, except for one snag: No one thought to ask the kid his name. The coach arranged for another parent to drive him home, but didn’t write down any details. Police are still trying to identify him.

UPDATE: Floorball.

Dad leaves son in the cold for ‘playing like crap‘ [The Local]

  1. drewsylvania - Jan 11, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Guy will be arrested.

  2. winkeroni - Jan 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Walking home would have built character. <—- Only joking

    • stlouis1baseball - Jan 11, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      You got it Wink! It appears we are not the only Country raising a bunch of sissies.
      It wasn’t below zero. And it was only 47 miles for crying out loud!
      In all seriousness…his “Father” deserves an ass kicking.

  3. ElvishGoalie - Jan 23, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    Floorball is like ice-hockey. It is a fun game. It is almost like religion there. In Singapore, we have a coach who slapped a young player (who was a teenager then). Sports are for fun and we should not instil such punishment to children who barely understand the meaning of competition…