Ohio Man Is Being Dubbed 'Father Of The Year' After He Took His Daughter Phone Away: Does He Deserve The Title?

An Ohio father is being praised for taking away the phone of his teenage daughter. The cops even got involved. Should she be punished? 

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source: WOAI

Anthony Robertson is being hailed the "Father of the Year" after his 16-year-old daughter called the police -- he took her phone away.

The Ohio man told authorities he does not want his teenage daughter using the phone because it is password protected.

Bodycam footage posted by the  South Euclid Police Department has gone viral showing the exchange between Mr. Robertson and the officers who arrived at the scene.

The event has sparked conversations on parenting and the property rights of teenagers.

In the 911 call, the angry teen told dispatchers: "My father took my property, which is an $800 phone that doesn't belong to him. He didn't buy it." This prompted the authorities to visit the home.

Lt. James Wilson of the South Euclid Police Department  explained why officers used taxpayers' money to respond to the call: "Certainly if we were busy, it would be pushed to the back burner, but we still must respond."

In the footage, Robertson, and his daughter are seen sitting outside the home; the young girl told the police: "I want my phone."

Robertson responded by: "I took her phone because she's a juvenile, and I don't want her to have it. I can't inspect it, because the phone is locked, so I took it away."

The girl stated, "it's my property, and I don't live here" and confessed that she lives with her grandmother but occasionally visits her father's home.

One of the officers scolded the young lady by saying: "But guess what? Everything that you own belongs to your mother and your father. Having a phone is not a right."

Robertson added: "It's a privilege." Before leaving the officers warned the teenager to stop calling 911 for nonsensical matters.

The father appeared on WKYC and said he was shocked when police showed up at his home and added: "There's like, four cars, and I'm like, oh my goodness, the police are coming, and they look kind of tough."

 Mr. Robertson went on to say: "To all the parents, you know? Stay on them. There are so many hidden apps and little ways that they can hide and cover up what they're doing on those phones. It's ridiculous."

Should the teenager get a harsh punishment for behaving this way?