Using Social Media to Stand Against Bullies
Have you seen the posts on Facebook of people asking for likes and shares to convince their parents to get them a trip to Disney World or even help adult children find their birth children? Recently, a Wisconsin dad, Matthew Bent, took to Facebook to stand up for his son, Shiloh, when he was bullied at school and authorities said their hands were tied. The post has received overwhelming support from all over the world. It’s truly amazing how powerful social media is and how large its reach is.
Matthew claims that on March 25, Shiloh, a sixth grader, was body-slammed to the ground three times in his gym class. After physically accosting Shiloh, the bully stole his necklace, a special gift from his dad to mark his first year in Little League.
Matthew was upset and called the Wisconsin police to report the incident but was told that since Shiloh voluntarily entered the area where he was allegedly bullied there was nothing that could be done. As if by just being in the gym class, he was agreeing to be bullied; asking for it even.
Shiloh’s dad, Matthew, was so disgusted by the way the police brushed him off that on March 26th he decided to post a photo of himself, standing behind Shiloh holding a handwritten sign that said,
“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 quickly went viral, with more than 900,000 likes and shares.
I applaud this father. He is doing whatever it takes to call attention to the bullying and protect his son. There are so many parents that will meet the idea of bullying with, “It’s just a part of being a kid.” I do not agree with that way of believing at all. Someone terrorizing a child physically, verbally or emotionally is not a normal part of childhood. It is abuse and it is high time that the bully is called out for their unsavory behavior. They should be shamed. The burden should not fall on the victim.
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