Submitted Tue, 04/16/2013 - 6:02am by BossFrog

A Wisconsin father who used social media to express his support for his bullied son is now receiving an enormous amount of support from the public. Matthew Bent’s son Shiloh was body slammed by a bully at River View Middle School in Kaukauna. After the sixth grader got up the courage to tell his dad what happened, they went to the police, who brushed off the incident. But Matthew wasn’t about to let things end there.  On March 26th, he posted a picture of himself on Facebook standing behind Shiloh, who was holding a sign that read,  “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 response to the post has been overwhelming, with more than 900,000 people liking and sharing  it on the web. “The Facebook page has been unbelievable," Matthew said on the Today Show. "I’ve heard from people around the world.” The school district denies they didn’t do anything about the incident, although after an investigation, they determined that no crime was committed. But on a positive note, Shiloh says his dad’s post has, “lessened the bullying in my school.’’  The Bent family has now teamed with the anti-bullying organization “Stop The Hate, Spread the Hope,” and Matthew wants parents to encourage their kids to speak up if they are victims.  “The only two things I have to say are one, it always will get better, no matter how bad, it will get better for sure," Shiloh said on Today.  "And I just have to throw a big shout-out to my friends and I have to say thank you because they really helped me get through this.’’  That definitely deserves a “like.”