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More than 50 bikers rally to escort bullied 11-year old boy to school

Posted by on Aug. 4, 2017 at 10:31 AM
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More than 50 bikers rally to escort bullied 11-year old boy to school

'He lit up; he glowed when he got his first ride,' one biker reports

An Indiana middle school plagued by bullies has found a VIP escort to school – from more than 50 local bikers.

Tammy Mick told the Washington Post that her son, Phil, was being bullied at school for his weight. He would come home at night with bruises, saying he had been hit, punched, and called names. The torment got so bad, Ms Mick said, that the 11-year-old had considered suicide.

At a Christmas charity last year, Ms Mick divulged the situation to Brent Warfield, the director of United Motorcycle Enthusiasts. The biker quickly offered to help.

“These kids, they can’t even get away from it with social media and all that,” he told The Independent  “To see and hear the stories of all these families who have lost kids to suicide from bullying is just awful.”

Mr Warfield, who told Fox59 he’s been organizing charity rides for years, offered to rally some “big-hearted bikers” to help out. He posted a call on Facebook for bikers in the area to escort Phil to his first day of school.

That day, more than 50 Indiana bikers turned out – some from more than an hour away. They ate breakfast with Phil and his family at a local restaurant and then drove with him to the doors of DeKalb Middle School.

“He lit up; he glowed when he got his first ride,” Mr Warfield told The Independent.

Now, Mr Warfield says the bikers are organizing a suicide awareness and anti-bullying ride for September. They also hope to bring speakers into local schools to discuss suicide prevention.

“Ask any biker,” he said. “[This is] just what we do.”

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couture-mommy
by 8.21.1831 on Aug. 4, 2017 at 10:32 AM
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This is wonderful.
Its great for a kid to know that people have his back.

But what happened to the bullies? And the rest of the school year?
diaperstodating
by on Aug. 4, 2017 at 10:33 AM
This is great.
joyful.noise
by on Aug. 4, 2017 at 10:36 AM
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I'm glad it lifted the kid's spirits, but in my experiences bullies aren't easily deterred by how much support the victim has unless it comes from the school itself.

LancesMom
by Gold Member on Aug. 4, 2017 at 10:38 AM
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I wondered about that too!

Hopefully, some of them stick around!

Quoting couture-mommy: This is wonderful. Its great for a kid to know that people have his back. But what happened to the bullies? And the rest of the school year?


CraziestTexan39
by Bronze Member on Aug. 4, 2017 at 10:46 AM
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I'm very glad that these bikers rallied around the boy though. At least he won't feel absolutely so alone now. I will say that schools ALWAYS seem to protect the bullies, while the ones they torment and assault are forced to endure it all.
meriana
by Platinum Member on Aug. 4, 2017 at 11:01 AM
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Wonderful that they did this but it's terribly, terribly sad that it even needed to be done in the first place. Maybe we ought to consider the idea of putting those who bully in their own school, one where there is no access to the internet, and cell phones, etc. are not allowed. Let them bully each other.

Carpy
by Emerald Member on Aug. 4, 2017 at 11:04 AM
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I went to school with a lot of those bikers. Brent Warfield was my step son best friend. Great guys.
eviesmom453
by Bronze Member on Aug. 4, 2017 at 11:04 AM
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Melts my heart. Poor kid- I hope things get better for him.
midnight_storm
by Bronze Member on Aug. 4, 2017 at 11:12 AM
I think this is awesome that they are showing him support and awareness is good. BUT I also think we need to figure out the root causes over this as well as many other issues. I think we keep failing to change society for the better and the only way we can change it is by looking at the cause, admitting mistakes regardless of intention, and working to correct it. We also need to stop being so defensive about social flaws.
Sparkles4Lui
by Platinum Member on Aug. 4, 2017 at 11:22 AM
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Many bikers are really sweet teddy bears. I hope the rolling thunder put the fear of God in those bullies.

Anyone remember the movie Mask?
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