Matthew Bent of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, is being hailed as a hero for standing up for his son against three bullies at his school. Bent says that his son has been repeatedly harassed by classmates at River View Middle School, even suffering physical harm. His son says that even after reporting the incident to teachers, nothing was done about it.
Bent took the fight to Facebook on Wednesday, where he posted an image of him and his son holding a sign that read "I stand behind my son in the fight against bullying. Please like and share to send a message loud and clear that bullying needs to stop now. Tell school districts that protecting bullies by turning a blind eye is wrong!" Bent's post has been "liked" on Facebook more than 390,000 times and shared more than 410,000 times. Bent explained his public outcry, saying, "If no one's going to stand up for my son, I'm going to stand up for my son. When i was in junior high and i was bullied, nobody stood up in my corner."
School district superintendent Mark Duerwaechter wished that the incident could have been solved without a social media outcry, saying, "We as a school have to continue to work on finding ways in which parents feel that they have the access to come to schools and air these kinds of concerns and issues so that it doesn't get to this point." Hopefully the incident gets resolved and Bent's son can feel safe in school again.
Bullies in private schools are thrown out and they have to go to Public Schools. Whether or not Bent's son reported the incident has not been verified. There was a story that Bent's son actually provoked the others.