Any mother would be worried about her child being bullied. After all, with bullying being such a common occurrence no one is really safe from taunts and physical confrontations when starting a new year at high school.
The sad truth is people with special needs are often targeted for being ‘different’. Sean Maehrer, who has Down Syndrome was about to start his freshman year at high school but despite his excitement, his mother expressed worry that he could be the victim of bullying from other kids.
Sean’s mother took steps to help and what happened next was amazing.
An Appeal For Support
Sean, who lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, was excited to start school as a freshman unaware of the possible cruelty from the other children. Out of love, his mother and family friends expressed their concerns to people through Facebook and with the power of social media, word of their worry spread to an unlikely group of people.
Rounding Up The Troops
It took just two days for local motorbike clubs to rally round and organise an unlikely convoy for Sean to accompany him to his school gates.
It was the morning of September 1, 2015 that dozens of bikers turned up outside Sean’s house and introduced themselves as his new friends and protectors. Their aim was to make Sean feel safe while sending a clear message to the kids at his school not to mess with him and give him a chance to show he’s a cool and likeable guy.
It didn’t end there – Sean formed a special bond with his new leather-clad friends with them cheering him on at sports events and even giving him his own personalised helmet.
Never Judge A Book By Its Cover
Bullying usually stems from someone seeming different to the norm or not conforming to a certain standard, but as both the bikers and Sean know, how people judge them for how they look is usually far different to how they actually are. The love and support these guys have shown to a normal, fun, intelligent boy is a true example of human connection and friendship above and beyond all prejudices.
Featured photo credit: Shawn Gaffney via facebook.com