In an effort to boost a previously bullied kids confidence, about 50 motorcyclists escorted him to his first day of sixth grade on Tuesday.
The bike escort was promoted on Face book, said organizer Brent Warfield of Auburn, Indiana based KDZ Motorcycle Sales & Service. After the bikers met at a local restaurant near the school for the motorcade, they proceeded to escort 11 year-old Phil Mick to DeKalb Middle School.
CBS Los Angeles reports Warfield told the Associated Press in a phone interview, “As a motorcycle community, we don’t want to see children getting bullied, because it leads to teenage suicide.”
The boy’s mother, Tammy Mick, said her son had been bullied so bad that he felt worthless and would self-deprecate and call himself stupid. Reportedly, the bullying even made the boy contemplate suicide.
According to Warfield the boy’s story “hit my heart,” so after he met Phil’s family during Christmastime last year, he decided to arrange something special and planned the first-day-of-school escort.
The school’s principal Matt Vince said the sound of the motorcade was hard to miss when they pulled up, and he praised the bikers for boosting Phil’s confidence saying, “Standing up against bullying – we need more of that,” “And they did it in a positive way.”