Matthew Bent: Wisconsin Dad Stands Behind Son, Shiloh, In Anti-Bully Facebook Message, Goes Viral [PHOTO]

  @ZoeMintzz.mintz@ibtimes.com on April 15 2013 4:08 PM

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Shiloh was body slammed three times during gym class, his shoes were stolen and his necklace was taken -- and his father had enough.

Matthew Bent, Shiloh’s father, took to Facebook to express his rage toward his son’s school and the local police department who he said has done nothing to stop his son’s bullies, the Post Crescent reports.

On March 26, Bent posted a photo of himself standing behind Shiloh, who holds a handwritten sign that says:

“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.’’

The post has since gone viral, with more than 454,000 likes and just as many shares.

“I’ve heard from people around the world. Some amazing stories on the good with people from all around the country,” Bent said on NBC’s Today Show. “Then you hear the heartbreaking stories, tens of thousands of emails that have poured in of it happening to their kids, [and] that it’s going on everywhere.”

Bent says his son was slammed to the ground in gym class at River View Middle School in Kaukauna, Wis., on March 25. Shiloh was brought down on a wrestling mat and wasn’t seriously injured, the Post Crescent reports.

Under the viral photo’s description, Bent said he contacted local police about the incident, and the police said they couldn’t press charges because his son voluntarily went into the area where the bullies were.

Kaukauna superintendent Mark Duerwaechter said 11 students and one teacher were interviewed. Police concluded that the incident took place in a classroom when the teacher wasn’t looking, he said.

"There was no criminal action and therefore no legal action that is going to be taken,” Duerwaechter told Fox 11.

Without the support from the police or the school, Bent said he wanted his son to know that he’s always there for him.

“I wanted him to remember that I was always standing behind him, that I had his back at all times,” Bent told Today.

Shiloh says that although the post has lessened the bullying taking place at his school, it wasn’t easy telling his father about the attack.

“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?'”

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