Dad Stands Up for Bullied Son in Most Amazing Way

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Matthew BentWhen 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 you ever experiences a bullying incident? How did you kid's school handle it?


Image via Matthew Bent/Facebook

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LostS... LostSoul88

We need more parents like him. Yes schools do turn a blind eye to bullies. They don't care if a child was attacked. I was slammed against a locker in high school but the school bullies all because I walked down "their hallway". My bf at the time throw down his coat and got into the face of the guy that did that and HE was the one that got suspended and charges pressed against him. I didn't have the option to do it because no one would vouch for me that he did it because half the school was scared of them. From that point on I purposely went down that hall every day and stood my ground. They actually stopped harassing me after they realized I wasn't scared of them. 

Wendi Schwinler-Wagner

These schools need to grow a background and take responsibilty for what is going on under their roofs.. If you don't scoop your sidewalk and someone slips, you are legally responsible,, if you own a workplace with safety issues while turning a blind eye.. you are liable .. in the same manner these schools are responsible for what happens while your child is on the premises!!! The schools dictate so much other nonsense to us as parents from how our children should dress to how they can wear their hair.. yet they plead ignorance or incapacity when it comes to taking responsibility bullying.. it doesn't work both ways

W Scott Jenkin IV

Citrus County, Florida schools took my son's situation VERY seriously, so much so that I had to reassure them that I was NOT asking them to hit the "nuclear button." And because the administration is so caring and in touch with the pulse of the school, it ended well. The bully had a really bad home situation and he was able to get help.

Veronica A Goodman

MY SON WAS PICKED ON BY A KID ALL YEAR TILL HE FINALLY PUNCHED THE KID IN THE NOSE ALTHOUGH THE SCHOOL DIDNT HEAR ABOUT THE INCIDENT I TOOK IT UPON MYSELF TO TALK TO THE PRINCIPAL MYSELF AND LET HIM KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON THEY TOOK WITNESSES AND MY SON AND THE KID IN THE OFFICE AND THE END RESULT WAS MY SON BEING TOLD IF HE TALKED ABOUT THIS ANYMORE HE WOULD BE SUSPENDED!! I WAS PISSED MY SON WOULD NEVER HURT ANYBODY,BUT HE HAD HIS LIMIT AND I THINK THE KID GOT WHAT HE DESERVED

nonmember avatar kaerae

April, you might want to research your own site. The Stir covered this story weeks ago...

DBone... DBone_Holmes

I don't think that it is appropriate for children to carry or wear valuable items to school when they are there to receive an education but that was within his rights to wear it according to the school regulations. Unbelievable that police chose to blame the victim! 

Penny Westheider

They completely ignored it and said they had to have PROOF. So after half of the school year it still hadnt stopped so I pulled him out and he is home schooled right now. This is Ripley Union Lewis Huntington Schools in Ripley, Ohio My son attended the middle school located in Aberdeen, Ohio.

nonmember avatar shanna

my son went to the same thing with a bully. he would get off the bus and have shoe marks on his back there are bruises on his body. So after he told me. I went to the principal. my son is in 1st grade he was being bullied by a 5th grader I told the principal the first time that if it didn't stop we are going to have issues. There was calm for 3-4 daysuntil my son came home crying. Again you told me that the same boy was born in them and he told the proctor what was happening so I went to the principal again I told him " I told you that if it didn't stop we were going to have problems" I told the principal that I knew where that kid lives and if the school can handle a simple bullying issue I was going to go to his mom and dad beat the s*** out of his dad and then when I got out of jail I was going to come to the principal and beat the s*** out of him as serious and assertive as I possibly could. there are more than two incidents that I put in the story so when your kid comes home with bruises and marks from some kids shoe. as a parent it hurts but you put your trust in to the school system to protect your child for the hours that they are out of your sightwhat I said to the principal wasn't probably the best thing or the best way to go about it. but I tell you this I have not had one problem with my son being bullied since

so in my opinion it sometimes takes an act of bullying to stop the act of bullying

nonmember avatar marie

my daughter was 8th grade boy pushed her down...about 100th episode over time...she kicked kid while on ground....both takens to office BOTH suspended...rule is NO FIGHTING...she for 3 days him for 3days....she got one day in house one day community service with school last day dropped....boy dad found out he had hit girl an flipped he was totally out of school for the 3 days..no longer bothered my daughter

Hankins Naomi

My son is/ has been bullied all year by students, the teacher, and the principle. This is at the Discovery School of Tulsa, Tulsa Ok. The teacher and principle refuse to own up to what they have done and continue to do, and they tell us they have to have proof he is being bullied by other students and they magically never see what happens, unless it is something my son does. I have finally I hope gotten ahold of someone that will do something about this. I would homeschool my children again if my husband was on the same page :(

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