Phil Mick was not excited about the first day of school.
The now 6th grader spent his last school year accumulating bumps and bruises from bullies who pushed him around nearly every day, but the worst part was the hurtful words thrown at him constantly.
Then over the summer Phil admitted that people at his school were targeting him because of his weight and he was having suicidal thoughts… and his mom, Tammy, knew she had to do something.
“I was fire engine-red mad,” Tammy Mick said. “He let them hit him, punch him, everything. He’s not the type to tell somebody.” When he finally admitted to having suicidal thoughts, Tammy knew exactly who to call.
Last Christmas, Tammy and Phil met a local biker, Brent Warfield, with a heart bigger than his Harley. Warfield promised to escort Phil on his first day of school the coming semester if he needed friends, so Tammy called in the favor.
‘Well get with me. I’ve got a bunch of big-hearted bikers that are good friends of mine,” Warfield said.
Before taking Phil to school on August 1st, Warfield and a few of his friends met with the Wick’s at a local breakfast place to spend some quality time and pray about the upcoming school year.
By the time they were ready to ride, 50 motorcycles stood idling outside the restaurant and left together in a convoy with Phil and Warfield in the lead.
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The rumbling growl of 50 huge bikes made the brick walls of Phil’s school shudder and shake as they drove up to DeKalb Middle School.
The principal, Matt Vince, was totally behind the gesture, “Standing up against bullying — we need more of that. And they did it in a positive way.”
The change in Phil was so evident that Warfield and his Indiana biker crew decided to organize a suicide prevention awareness rally later this month. According to Warfield, Phil plans to speak at the event.
“Phil was just in heaven. He wasn’t apprehensive or scared. He walked in with confidence,” Warfield said. “This is his new start. He was happy as heck.”
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for children 10-14 years old. These kids feel isolated, alone and hopeless. All it takes is one friend to bring them back from the brink.
Cheers to Warfield and his friends for banding behind Phil!
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