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“I can’t have this hanging over us:” Father takes matters into his own hands after daughter bullied over Snapchat

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MINNESOTA (WITI) — A Minnesota father has taken matters into his own hands after learning his eighth-grade daughter has been the victim of bullying over Snapchat. The girl’s father has turned to social media after contacting school officials, police and the parents of the students allegedly responsible for the bullying — and he’s received an outpouring of support.

“I just had to get this off my chest. I just don’t know what to do,” Brad Knudson, the father of the bullying victim says in a YouTube video.

In the YouTube video you’ll see above, Knudson says freshmen twins were bullying his adopted, African-American daughter over Snapchat. When Knudson learned of multiple harassing messages sent to his daughter via the mobile app, he says he was shocked.

Knudson says he and his wife pulled out their own cell phones to record the harassment as it was occurring. Then, Knudson reached out to the twins’ parents — even going to their home in an attempt to discuss what had occurred.

Knudson says he reached out to police after the 13-year-old son of some very close family friends committed suicide due to bullying.

“It dawned on me that I cannot have this hanging over us, and my daughter thinking the worst and something would happen,” Knudson said. “I have a beautiful African-American daughter whom I love more than life itself, and I would do anything for her.”

Knudson handed over video showing the bullying to police — and they in turn talked with police who are stationed at the school. The kids believed to be responsible for the bullying were brought in, and police spoke with their parents.

Still wishing to speak with the parents of the twins accused of bullying himself, Knudson says he got the cell phone number of the twins’ father — and he says he was finally able to reach him.

Knudson says the twins’ father said he didn’t understand what the problem was — not understanding “what the big deal was” even after Knudson sent him the recording of the Snapchat message. In the YouTube video Knudson has posted, he plays a couple of voicemail messages left by the twins’ father — in which the twins’ father is heard harassing Knudson.

KMSP reports since Knudson posted his video to YouTube, he’s received an outpouring of support and encouragement. The twins’ family has apologized, and the twins’ father has lost his job as an independent contractor at a financial firm, KMSP reports.

“I just want him to own it, and his twins that go to high school as freshmen — they can own it too,” Knudson said.

School officials are investigating whether this bullying was isolated, or whether it has been ongoing.

The school district issued this statement to KMSP:

“Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools is aware of the YouTube video. First and foremost, we do not tolerate racism, harassment or bullying of any kind. We are conducting our own investigation to get a better understanding of the events that led up to this video. We have reached out to Mr. Knudson directly to offer support for his daughter. We strive to maintain safe and respectful schools for all of our students and will continue to work to ensure a safe learning environment for all of our students.”

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13 comments

  • Emily

    Im proud of the dad who took matters into his own hands. Bullying is disgusting. All schools really need to have classes on how to treat each other. Kids are so mean. And sadly, theres way too many adult bullies too out there.

  • Libby h

    Love how this loving Dad used social media to allow the court of public opinion speak. I hope there are more consequences than a job loss… I will say the Father has taught racism to the children and he is far more guilty than they. I hope life enlightens them that their father is an idiot.

  • Brad Richgruber

    there’s the problem with today’s youths… absolutely disgusting. But thank you to Mr Knudson, I have a video I can share with my kids and show them what not to do.

  • Tom Feldo

    Understand the passion for his daughter, but his closing remarks make you wonder how much less than stellar he was in the phone conversations with the other dad…we only got to hear on recorded side. The twins actions and their fathers reaction are totally inappropriate, but now everything has to come before the social media court???

    • Moe

      Tom, Sometimes there is just no other way to get any justice. How did those kids get her number to snap chat if they did not know her? So someone is not tell the truth.
      I wouldn’t want to pass judgment on the other father but he did not sound sober. Mr. Knudson was just trying talk to the man to have him talk to his children and he was not about to do that. Why not out him on social media where it started, he was given permission to do so. He can answer back anytime he wants on social media, he is free to do so. Mr. Knudson did not out the twins names.
      One more thing with new laws being written about this sort of thing those twins need to watch out because they could be getting themselves in a lot of trouble, their dad should tell them to knock it off before they end up in court.

  • Melissa Carlson

    WAY TO GO FOR THAT DADDY!! A lot of men/women wouldn’t stand up for their kids as far as this man has, and I applaud him for doing this! Bullying has become an epidemic in this day an age–with cell phones (social media/apps) that are available now. Being a mom of a beautiful little boy myself-I couldn’t IMAGINE having to deal with this stuff, yet I’m sure I’ll have my own experiences with my child at some point or another. An I hope to God my child is never on the giving end of this type behavior… racism/hate are LEARNED BEHAVIORS so I do my best to teach him to look beyond color, and any physical differences. To get to know every person on an individual basis!! ANYWAYS… GO DADDY!!! THAT IS AWESOME.

  • Mary benitez

    I’m so proud of this father….I have a 8yr. Old son, who is mexican American, born in the U.S, who gets harassed by 8yr old racism. I cannot believe at what an arly age these parents set this way of thinking in their minds. It’s totally remarkable, and then people question why there is sooooo much racism crimes…..think about it before you teach your children these ways to hate other races, it can have dire outcomes in the future.

  • Ashley

    This story is really touching, simply because there are a lot of children that may feel that they are all alone and have no one in their corner. Brad Knudson not only called attention to the disappointing truth of cyber bullying, but also demonstrated to his daughter, on the public scale, that she is not alone. Knudson’s daughter is gorgeous, and incredibly lucky to have such a caring father!
    The twins, on the other hand, make me very upset for them. Since they are only 13/14 years old, it pains me that they would think something like this is funny. The fact that they said the boys didn’t even know her, but still felt that they had a right to judge her through social media, just goes to show that they didn’t have enough positive role models in their lives. Which, after seeing how the father reacted to this situation, makes me think that the apples didn’t fall too far from the tree.
    In order to help the twins understand that this kind of behavior is not okay, I recommend that the school have the children partake in a mentoring program, where they are paired with individuals that have overcome adversity and racism, so they can get a better idea as to how it might feel on the other side of their words.

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