Well I’m home. I’ve had some Chinese. Time for an early night I think. So here’s something Brett McS sent along: Dad tells 5-year-old, ‘You did the crime, you walk the line’

A [Northern] TERRITORY man has been making his five-year-old son walk two-and-a-half hours to school every day, after he was kicked off the school bus.

When Jack Burt confessed that he’d been banned for five days for hitting the bus driver in the head with an apple core, dad Sam thought he should learn the hard way.

He and Jack last week were getting up at 5.10am for the dusty 13km-hike from the Darwin rural area of Herbert, all the way to Humpty Doo.

Mr Burt also took the wheels off Jack’s bike so he couldn’t be tempted to ride to school.

At the end of the old-fashioned punishment, Mr Burt, 38, took out a public notice in the Northern Territory News.

“Jack Burt and his dad wish to thank all the kind people who stopped to offer them lifts in the past week,” the ad read.

But before we succumb to our sighs and sniffles:

“Shame it didn’t work,” Mr Burt said.

“He got back on the bus Monday, and within three stops he was in trouble again. I couldn’t believe it.

“I don’t understand – he’s good at school, he gets awards all the time.”

So it was back on the road again the next day – with seven-year-old sister Caitlyn, who was fighting with Jack on the bus at the time, in tow.

This story just cracks me up.

However, a breakthrough might be in sight.

When Jack this week said he didn’t mind walking – because it made him strong for fighting – he was told if he started fighting he might have to walk home in the afternoons too.

Jack’s eyes got a little teary.

He said he might not get home before dark.

Mr Burt told him not to worry – they’d leave the key out for him.

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