But that's the thing. It's only a problem if you view it as one. If the kid is the 'class clown' then he obvious wants to entertain people, so why not try to refocus this energy at something productive?
It sounded like effort was made to me. His father stated that this was the last resort and his son was not listening. I could be wrong, considering that I don't know the kid or his father, but it looks as though the kid was just the class clown, who didn't care about his work. That's actually how it is a lot of the time. Not all the time, no, but a lot of the time. I know because it happened to me, as well. There were plenty of times throughout school, where I didn't care about the work, and I'm sure that if I went back to college, I still wouldn't. It has nothing to do with any complexities, it has to do with me being lazy and caring more about socializing with my friends and doing my own thing, than learning something that I didn't care to learn in the first place. This dad realized that the root of his son's problem, was that he wanted attention over an education. Well, if he used that "attention" to show his son that he needs to buckle down and work harder, then he figured it was the best way. I don't know about anyone else here, but I wasn't condemning him. I was saying that I feel like his father caught on to the ACTUAL problem and did something about it, in a non-violent and effective manner.
Things don't mesh for everybody, the father was just trying to standardize his son. Never mind that acting out almost always tends to stem from feelings of neglect, or who feel they lack recognition or praise. This is just the fathers brute force take on improving his son, when in this day and age it should have been ore about accommodation (And I don't mean letting the song do whatever he wants, I mean restructuring to ensure that the son can do things in a way that works for him, rather than rejecting him until he can fit into a society norm last seen with any relevance about 100 years ago.