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#trending: American dad slammed for using leashes on 5-year-old quintuplets hits back at critics

KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES — A father in the United States who was shamed online for using leashes on his five-year-old quintuplets has hit back at critics with videos mocking those who had accused him of treating his children “like dogs”.  

Mr Jordan Driskell has hit back at critics with videos mocking those who had accused him of treating his children “like dogs”.  
Mr Jordan Driskell has hit back at critics with videos mocking those who had accused him of treating his children “like dogs”.  

KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES A father in the United States who was shamed online for using leashes on his five-year-old quintuplets has hit back at critics with videos mocking those who had accused him of treating his children “like dogs”.  

Mr Jordan Driskell, 31, suffered a major backlash after he posted a video of himself walking in public while holding onto his five young children with soft leashes. In the post, he wrote, “When people judge me for using child leashes”, along with a caption that challenged others to “walk a mile in (his) shoes”. 

The clips, uploaded on both TikTok and Instagram, have collectively amassed more than 3.3 million views and 6,800 comments since they were published in mid-July. They quickly sparked a huge online debate and some people did not mince their words.

One Instagram user wrote, “Are they rescue?”, referring to rescue dogs adopted from animal shelters.

Another said: “They are not dogs. How about teaching (them) what to do?" 

Yet another quipped: “Are you gonna train them to pull a sleigh next? Which one has the red nose?” 

Some people claimed that the use of leashes on children is “degrading” and “messed up”, and parents who had to resort to such measures “have no control over their kids”.

Others criticised Mr Driskell and his wife Briana for having so many children in the first place.

One said, “Well, (whose) fault is it? 5 kids?”, while another admonished, “Don’t have that many kids if you can't handle the pressure."

Clearly, some people do not know how quintuplets are conceived.

A large number of online users, however, expressed their support for the dad, with comments such as:

  • “Better safe than sorry. If I had that many, I would do the same."
  • “Told myself I would never do this before I had a child. When I had my child and he began walking, I purchased one ASAP (as soon as possible)! (You’re) doing great, keep it up.” 
  • “Keeping them safe is priority number one. So you're all good, sir. It's not hurting them in any way.” 

Many also said that using a leash is better than having a child go missing.

One person wrote that it is better to have a child on a leash than to get an "amber alert”, in reference to the child abduction alert system in the United States. 

One of many similar comments encouraging Mr Driskell to ignore the negative criticisms went: “Let people judge because they are going to be the same people to judge when you are searching for your lost child.”

The father of five seems to have taken the backlash in his stride.

On July 22, he uploaded a video in response to one of the comments he received on TikTok.

The clip is recorded from Mr Driskell’s point of view and shows him taking his children out on a walk with their leashes wrapped around his hand. The comment he is replying to reads: “Just a dad taking his pet sperm for a walk. Mind (your) business, people.''

About a week later, the man uploaded the same clip in response to another TikTok comment that reads: “I totally don’t like how to use kids with leashes, it’s not like they are puppies. Let (them) be themselves.” While the video has no caption, Mr Driskell uses the hashtag #sorrynotsorry.

In similar mocking fashion, the couple published a video on Aug 2 of themselves pushing their children in shopping trolleys at the supermarket along with the text, “Day 1 of crate training for my ‘dogs’”.

The couple are from the American state of Kentucky though the posts do not specify what town in which the videos are filmed.

The controversy is the latest incident to reignite the perennial debate on whether child leashes are appropriate or not.

In April, a TikTok video of a child being dragged by a leash on the ground at an airport went viral and divided the internet.

In October last year, Japanese host Takahashi Maasa found herself in the centre of a heated debate after sharing a picture of her one-year-old daughter wearing a harness with a child leash attached.

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