KAUKAUNA - An area father spoke out Wednesday evening, after his Facebook post about bullying went viral.
Matt Bent says his son, who attends River View Middle School in Kaukauna, was physically assaulted by another student Monday.
Speaking in front of his home, Bent said he is astounded at the attention his Facebook post has received.
In that post, which Bent put on Facebook Tuesday night, and which was also copied to FOX 11's Facebook page, Bent said he's angry his son is being blamed.
The picture of Matt Bent and his son has been shared on social media more than 135,000 times since Tuesday. Bent and his son are holding a sign that reads in part, "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."
Bent said the school district needs to get tougher on bullying.
"If they weren't protecting him, why wasn't I called and why wasn't anything done about this before and why did the police liaison believe the lies of three bullies and my case dismissed so easily and so rapidly?"
In his Facebook post, Bent says his son was physically assaulted by a fellow student at River View Middle School on Monday. Bent says he believes the same student has allegedly been bullying his son throughout the school year.
Bent also says he's upset the school district and the Kaukauna Police Department aren't doing enough to stop it. In his post, Bent says he spoke with the school police liaison officer Tuesday. Bent claims the officer said there was nothing that could be done. Wednesday afternoon, school district Superintendent Mark Duerwaechter said that's not true.
"I want to be clear, Kaukauna Area School District does not protect bullies," said Duerwaechter.
Duerwaechter says the school began an investigation as soon as the alleged incident was brought to the district Tuesday morning. Duerwaechter says the school and the police department interviewed 11 students and a teacher about the alleged bullying. Duerwaechter says the incident took place in a classroom with a teacher present, but Duerwaechter says it allegedly happened when the teacher was not looking.
"There was no criminal action and therefore no legal action that is going to be taken," said Duerwaechter.
Duerwaechter says the investigation is still ongoing and it is possible school conduct codes could have been broken. Duerwaechter would not say if the alleged bully has been removed from the school.
"We are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable place to work and to learn," said Duerwaechter.
A message this father and many others want to see every school take to heart.
Duerwaechter says he expects the district's investigation to wrap up in the coming days.
He says he has made several attempts to reach out to Bent and the student's mother to set up a meeting to discuss their concerns.
Bent said Wednesday night he is done trying to reach out to the school district, and wants the Kaukauna Police Department to be involved.
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