When Matthew Bent realized that his son Shiloh's school district wasn't going to take care of a bad bullying situation, he decided to take matters into his own hands.
It's not as ominous as it sounds.
Bent wanted to show the district -- and the world -- that he had his son's back, so he shared a photo on Facebook with this amazing anti-bullying message:
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. Shame on Kaukauna area schools for protecting a bully in their school.
Shiloh, who is in sixth grade, said that at first he wasn't sure he should tell his dad what was going on at school: "It was a really hard thing for me to tell my dad because it was like on one side, is it really bullying?" Shiloh said. "I worry about that question and I worry, 'How is it going to end?' The first day, what really happened was I went to school, I got into class, and people said, 'Hey why did your dad put that post up?' And then some of the people that actually saw it started to explain it and now it’s all over my school."
GO DAD!!! That's what I say! Your kid knows that you've got his back, that he can tell you anything, and that you're always looking out for him. What more could you want in a parent? This guy is a role model, unafraid to stand up to officials.
"We, as a school district, understand the deep frustration that the father, the mother, and the son, as well as the community, are feeling about an incident like this, as well as perhaps others," the Kaukauna Superintendent told TODAY. "However, it is not fair to say that River View Middle School and the Kaukana-area school district are protecting bullies and ignoring the victims."
Well, there are always two sides to a story, but it sure seems obvious that whatever Shiloh's school did, it wasn't enough to make his father feel safe or secure about the way his child was being treated. Bent says that his son was body slammed by bullies, and had a special necklace stolen from him; something Bent says police told him was his son Shiloh's fault for "going into the lion's den."
OUTRAGEOUS. I have to hand it to this guy. If someone was picking on my daughter, I'd want to throttle them -- and their parents too! Bent did something much better by showing his public support for his little boy, and doing it via social media to exponentially compound the power of his message: Stand up for your kids! And teach them that sometimes you have to fight hard for what is right.
Have your child ever experienced a bullying incident? How did you, your child or your child's school handle it?