Zane Omlid understands how serious bullying can be for many children. The youngster was being tormented so hard that he didn’t want to attend school, and it’s no surprise. Zane’s classmates were continuously calling him names and making fun of him. They also physically assaulted the youngster at times, according to his parents, who said he was shoved, punched, and even written on with markers.
Unfortunately, despite school procedures that may result in a suspension if classmates are discovered to be bullying, it didn’t seem like Zane’s school was doing anything to alleviate the boy’s suffering. Fortunately, Zane wouldn’t have to suffer much longer as a bunch of motorcyclists heard what was going on and stepped in to let the bullies know there were some strong men on Zane’s side.
To Zane’s astonishment, Syd’s Angels Bikers Against Bullies dropped by his house to let him know he wasn’t alone in dealing with the bullying. The organization was founded in 2016 when members learned that a girl named Sydney was being bullied. In Sydney’s case, several women who she mistook for her friends persuaded her to go into the woods. They physically assaulted her and then broadcast the abuse on social media.
After hearing what occurred to the 15-year-old girl, a group of motorcyclists resolved to do something to ensure that other children were not harmed in the same way Sydney had been, and the club Syd’s Angels Motorcyclists Against Bullies was formed. The anti-bullying biker organization expanded fast, gaining a lot of social media followers. Its goal was to remind mistreated youngsters that it’s not right and that they don’t have to confront their tormentors alone.
When the bikers arrived at Zane’s home, they invited the adolescent outside to meet them, where Founder Greg Carson gave Zane a T-shirt and the group prayed together. The gang then took Zane for a motorcycle trip across the neighborhood, leaving his mother overjoyed that they took the time to aid her kid. Of course, Zane was overjoyed when the bikers made it apparent that whoever had been harassing him was done. The child was so touched that he embraced many of the riders.
And they were as delighted to see him and his family as they were to see them, realizing that they were likely making a significant difference in the young man’s life. Perhaps the sight of the bikers accomplished its purpose and taught Zane’s attackers what it’s like to be frightened. After all, finding out you’ve landed on the wrong side of a gang of motorcyclists should be unsettling. The bullies now see that their actions are not going undetected, instead drawing the type of attention that they did not expect or desire.
Sadly, bullying is a much more serious issue than most people realize. “More than one out of every five (20.8%) students report being bullied,” according to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “Bullying rates vary across studies (from 9% to 98%).” A meta-analysis of 80 studies examining bullying participation rates (both bullying others and being bullied) among 12–18-year-old adolescents found a 35% mean prevalence rate for conventional bullying engagement and a 15% prevalence rate for cyberbullying involvement.”
According to the figures, owing to the internet, children may now bully one another from anywhere, implying that schools can only do so much. As a result, the obligation to put a stop to abuse must begin at home with parents. We must educate our youngsters that being bullied is never acceptable. But it seems that we are failing, since there are numerous tales of bullying online or in the press, similar to Zane’s— or worse.
Surprisingly, it all too frequently goes beyond hurtful remarks. Kids are not just making obscene threats and messages online or spreading rumors about their classmates; they are also assaulting other children in toilets, playgrounds, on their walk home from school, or in their own neighborhoods. Kids as young as 5 and 6 years old are aggressively and violently abusing kids who are their age and sending them to the hospital with severe wounds.
With youngsters committing suicide as a consequence of bullying, and bullying being blamed for school violence and several school shootings, people who speak out against it are becoming more vital in our culture. Bikers such as Syd’s Angels Bikers Against Bullies should be congratulated for their efforts to assist this youngster and others by seeking to stop bullying. No youngster should be afraid of going to school. Maybe this not only deters his bullies and boosts Zane’s self-esteem, but also helps the bullies’ parents see it’s time to step up as well. We should all start watching out for youngsters in our neighborhood, including making sure our own aren’t mistreating others.
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