Bullying is a larger issue than than most people realize, it’s heartbreaking when this form of torture affects young people emotionally.
Zane Omlid classmates were constantly calling him names and teasing him. Occasionally they physically abused him. His parents reckon their son was pushed, assaulted, and even written on with markers. However, no one seemed to care.
Until one day a group of tattooed bikers in a leather vests rode into town to sort things out.
For at least two years 13-year-old Zane Omlid had suffered from the cruel taunting of school bullies at his middle school in Minnesota. They even punched the young boy in his private area, humiliate him and wrote on him with markers.
If students are caught bullying schools have policies in place that can lead to a suspension but it didn’t seem like Zane’s school were doing anything to stop it.
Once a group of bikers caught wind of Zane’s situation, they wasted no time in making their presence known in his neighborhood. One day, a group of bikers known as Syd’s Angels: Bikers Against Bullies, pulled up outside Zane’s parent’s house.
Although it was a scary sight at first for many, it turned out to be quite the opposite. The group of concerned bikers wanted Zane to know he was not alone, that he had friends by his side, and that they had his back.
Founder Greg Carson, a bald, tattooed biker in leather yelled: “We are looking for a 13-year-old named Zane!”
Greg Carson presented Zane with a T-shirt when the boy came outside and the group prayed together. Zane along with his mother shook all their hands.
The eye-catching group then took a motorcycle ride through the community with Zane. Of course, Zane was happy, too, as the bikers made it clear that whoever was tormenting him was finished. The boy was so grateful and he hugged many of the bikers.S
Syd’s Angels: Bikers Against Bullies, was created after members heard how a girl named Sydney was being bullied. One day, she was lured out in the woods. Two girls, aged 19 and 15, beat up Sydney as another recorded a video with a cell phone which was uploaded to Facebook and YouTube.
When the video went viral it was seen by local bikers who became outraged and decided enough was enough.
The bikers wanted to show kids in the community who are bullied that it’s not okay and that they don’t have to face their tormentors alone.
Hopefully, the sight of the bikers did what it intended to do and left Zane’s bullies knowing what it feels like to be intimidated.
“Today is just the beginning,” Carson told the 13-year-old Zane. “We love you, we don’t even know you but we love you.”
Zane’s mom was undoubtedly moved when she met with the bikers. Through her tears, she shared what hell her child was facing daily at school.
The strong statement of solidarity gave Zane’s confidence a boost. Now the cowardly bullies hopefully knows that their behaviour isn’t going unnoticed. Zane seems much happier in school since this meeting occurred.
Greg Carson keeps regular contact too and commented on this photo to say, “Lookin good kid lookin good.”
At least one child in the U.S. will be bullied in the next 7 minutes. Perhaps it could be the son or daughter of someone you know or even be your own child.
According to a report released today by non-profit group YouthTruth, one third of students say they were bullied last school year.
Kids can now bully each other from anywhere which makes it more difficult for the schools and the teachers to step in.
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