Video: A MN father's emotional response to his daughter being bullied


"I can't have this hanging over us, and my daughter thinking the worst, and something could happen," a shaken father says in the video above.

(Note: The video contains some strong language at times, mostly in the form of recorded voicemails, so be prepared.)

The man is Bradley Knudson of Prior Lake, the Prior Lake American reports. He posted the video in response to a private message his daughter – an African-American girl, whom Knudson and his wife adopted 11 years ago – received over the app Snapchat, which included racial slurs and cuss words directed at the girl.

A family friend's young son recently took his own life because of bullying, Knudson explains, which worried him.

"I just had to get this off my chest. I just don't know what to do, other than I love my daughter and I don't want her to end up committing suicide," because of these people, he says.

What happened?

A summary of what occurred, according to the video:

Knudson's daughter and her friend were over on New Year's Eve, hanging out, and received multiple Snapchat messages from two freshmen at Prior Lake High School.

The kids eventually showed the father, and he recorded the next video that came through. In it, the people on the screen call the daughter a "slut," and refer to her as the N-word and a "fat-a** b****."

Knudson and his wife were "extremely shocked," he says.

He attempted to get in touch with the family of the children sending them, and eventually did so by going through the police.

When Knudson spoke with the senders' father, he says the man didn't see what the big deal was, saying they use that kind of language in their household.

Eventually, Knudson hung up out of frustration, and got a voicemail from the father (which Knudson plays) that says: "Yeah, Brad. Tides have turned huh? I guess you're a [N-word] lover. Call me back."

They exchanged words again, Knudson hung up another time, and got another voicemail.

"Hey Brad, you're a f**. Grow up. Touch base with your kids and uh, you're a loser."

According to Knudson, he told the man he would post the incident on social media and identify him – and the man said go ahead.

His video has since been reported on by FOX 9, and is a highly clicked thread on Reddit.

The Prior Lake School District, in a statement to FOX 9 and the Prior Lake American, said it does "not tolerate racism, harassment or bullying," and is investigating the incident.

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