Giving Aiden a Voice benefit Nov. 3

Staff Report

CLINTON, Wis. — “Striking Back … Giving Aiden a Voice” will be held from 7 p.m. to close of business, Saturday, Nov. 3, at Cougar Lanes Bowling Alley in Clinton, Wis. Join them for a night of bowling, raffles, silent auctions, and help give Aiden a Voice Against Bullying. The bowling will be $12 for adults and $10 for kids younger than 12 for three games of 9-pin moonlight bowling and shoe rental.The auctions will be open to the public.

Aiden Van Fleet should be in first grade now, but instead he is being homeschooled. During his kindergarten year, Aiden was sent to a different school district than where he was supposed to have gone. Even though Aiden was separated from all of his friends, he made the best of it, until the bullying got to be too much. During two separate incidents during the school day, Aiden was attacked by kids bullying him, and they broke his left wrist twice and dislocated his elbow.

By this point, Aiden feared for his life and was removed from the school district because in both incidents, nothing was ever done by the school to punish the children who hurt him or help to protect him. Since these events, Aiden has been diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). His family is currently embattled in a legal fight to get Aiden back into the school district he belongs in, so he can go back to being a normal kid receiving a great education in a safe environment.

Cougar Lanes Bowling Alley is at 204 Mill St. in Clinton Wis.

All proceeds from the event will go to help the family pay for the extensive medical bills, therapy bills and legal fees they have incurred. Donations can be made at any First National Bank and Trust Bank under “Benefit for Aiden Van Fleet.”

From the Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2012, issue

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