KAUKAUNA - The picture of Matt Bent and his son has now been shared more than 350,000 times around the world. Bent, spoke again Thursday, saying he wants people to know the whole story. Bent said his picture and message went further than he could have ever imagined and he said it shed some light on a bigger problem.
Bent's Facebook post is an example of how quickly a story can spread across social media, but while some say this is a positive, others say it can be damaging.
Within a matter of days thousands of people across the world have shared Matthew Bent's Facebook post about his son being bullied.
"I'm proud of the response that it's gotten, because so many people have stood up," said Bent.
Now another Kaukauna parent has shared a similar Facebook page with FOX 11. Tracy Kavanaugh created the page on March 8. It's called "STOP!!!! Harassment and Bullying by Kaukauna School District Employees."
Kavanaugh told FOX 11 she did it because her sons have been repeatedly bullied by teachers at Riverview Middle School.
"I needed to know that more parents are actually out there that their child's going through the same thing," explained Kavanaugh.
Psychologist Frank Cummings told us while social media is good for reaching out to people, sometimes the conversation gets out of hand.
"You really don't have to be connected to somebody in order to really like them or dislike them, or to say bad things about them, so yeah, it can become a mob mentality," said Cummings.
Some followers of posts like Kavanaugh and Bent's might lose control, which Bent is against when it comes to his son's own alleged bully.
"I do not want any vigilante justice. I want that kid completely left alone," said Bent.
According to Cummings in bullying situations, before turning to social media, parents should turn to their children.
"If you believe that your child is being bullied it's not really helpful to go out and bully the community, bully the school, but to work together to solve the problem," explained Cummings.
Kaukauna Schools Superintendent Mark Duerwaechter declined an on camera interview Thursday. He did tell FOX 11 he and Kavanaugh have met about the issue and it's been dealt with confidentially, but he would like to talk with her further. Kavanaugh told us she would do that.
"I plan on keeping the Facebook going, I plan on doing whatever it takes until the school board, the superintendent, somebody does something," said Kavanaugh.
The Kaukauna superintendent said letters went out to parents in the district Thursday, detailing the district's response to Matthew Bent's concerns and he said the investigation should wrap up in the coming days.
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