KAUKAUNA - An area father is getting worldwide attention after a Facebook post of his went viral. Matthew Bent's post alleges his son was bullied in a Kaukauna school and nothing was done about it. School officials told FOX 11 they are investigating.
Matthew Bent said his son was recently body slammed by another boy at Riverview Middle School. He said he reported that bullying to both the school and Kaukauna police, but nothing was done.
"They said, 'well, we interviewed those three boys and they said it was just fun and games, so we're just gonna leave it at that,'" said Bent.
So Bent took to Facebook Tuesday night. He posted a picture of himself and his son holding a sign, which reads, "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.
"I said I wanna make sure that my son never forgets I'm always behind him on this," explained Bent.
Wednesday afternoon Kaukauna Schools Superintendent Mark Duerwaechter held a press conference addressing the issue.
"It is not fair to say that Riverview Middle School and Kaukauna Area School District protect bullies," said Duerwaechter.
"If they weren't protecting him, why wasn't I called? Why wasn't anything done about this before?" asked Bent.
Duerwaechter said both the school and the Kaukauna Police Department interviewed 11 students and a teacher about the alleged bullying.
"There was no crime committed, therefore there was no legal act to be taken," explained Duerwaechter.
Duerwaechter told us the district is doing what it can to stop bullying.
"Kaukauna area schools is a safe area to learn and work, but we are certainly looking for ways to improve the areas we can," said Duerwaechter.
But Bent told us the issue goes beyond Kaukauna.
"This is a worldwide problem, kids are getting bullied everyday and nothing's being done," said Bent.
Bent's Facebook post has garnered more than 200,000 likes. Hundreds of people across the world have shared their own stories about bullying on the post. Bent told us he hopes sharing the stories helps put an end to them.
"I wanna say to everybody that has posted and emailed and shown your support that I love you all, thank you so much," said Bent.
Bent told FOX 11 he is done trying to reach out to the school district. Duerwaechter said he has made several attempts to reach out to Bent and the student's mother. The superintendent said he'd still like to set up a meeting to discuss their concerns.
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