When you think of bikers, (we're talking motorcycle riders, not bicyclists) warm and fuzzy isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind. But that's how this story about a group of Minnesota bikers will make you feel.
They call themselves Syd's Angels, and since the summer of 2016, they've been raising awareness about bullying in Minnesota communities. When the group hears about a child that is being bullied, they'll ride out to that kid's community in a show of support.
That's exactly what Syd's Angels did this weekend, after being notified about a 13-year-old boy being bullied in Isanti. The boy, Zane Omlid, has been bullied over the past couple of years while attending Isanti Middle School.
Syd's Angels' founder, Greg Carson, described the abuse in a Facebook post, saying Omlid has been kicked, punched, and drawn on multiple times. Despite reporting the bullies to the school district, nothing has been done, Carson said.
Syd's Angels rode out to Omlid's community Saturday to rally against bullying and let Omlid know he's not alone. In a video posted on Facebook live, Carson says school districts should be held accountable.
"Kids are killing themselves. Kids are cutting themselves. Kids are writing suicide letters, not turning them in, not knowing what to do with it, and it's gotta stop, plain and simple. So it's time for the communities, the cities, the states, the government, to come together finally as one body and make something happen, instead of just talking about it," Carson said.
The group also presented Omlid with a t-shirt, scheduled a bowling party for Omlid and his friends, and set him up with free self-defense classes. All that before heading out on a motorcycle ride through the community with him.
Check out the video:
Syd's Angels Bikers Against Bullies rally for Zane
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Cambridge-Isanti Schools gave a statement to WCCO, saying it "takes allegations of bullying seriously" and that the matter "was promptly and fully investigated, and administration responded accordingly."
More about Syd's Angels
According to their website, Syd's Angels was founded after some bikers saw a viral video of a girl named Sydney. The 17-year-old was lured into the woods near St. Francis, Minnesota by a group of teens that she thought were her friends. Two girls beat her up while a third took a video, which they uploaded to Facebook and YouTube.
The bikers who saw it rallied up a group to drive to Sydney's community in a show of support. That ride spawned a movement and an annual motorcycle ride to raise awareness about bullying.
Syd's Angels Bikers Against Bullies next yearly ride will be held Saturday, August 12th – it'll start at the Isanti VFW.