This Florida dad won’t be winning any Father of the Year awards after someone videotaped him kicking his young son down a skateboard ramp.
The incident happened Friday afternoon at Kona State Park in Arlington, Fla. The dad, identified as Marcus Crossland, and his son were standing at the top of the half-pipe, the biggest ramp at the park.
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It looks like Crossland becomes frustrated at how long it was taking his 6-year-old son to take off so he pushes him over the edge with his foot.
The little boy goes flying down the ramp and yells. He was reportedly unhurt in the incident.
A bystander recorded the shocking display of parental ineptitude on a cellphone and posted it to Instagram, where it went viral as it made the rounds.
“Unfortunately, parents get so enthusiastic about their kids and their abilities in skateboarding, or baseball, or football, or whatever, and sometimes they take it a little too far,” the park’s operator, Martin Ramos, told
First Coast News
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reported that Crossland has uploaded several YouTube videos of his son, nicknamed Dino the Dinosaur, doing tricks.
Ramos told the father, who he said was “remorseful” about what he had done, to leave the park and to stay away for a while.
“He certainly understands the gravity of the situation and it seems like he is going to be answering to this thing for quite some time to come,” said Ramos.
Crossland might be answering to more than just park officials. First Coast News reported that the Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating possible charges. The local sheriff’s department reportedly wanted to talk to him, too.