Bikers escort Snider freshman to school, stand up against bullying

When Madilyn Quinn, a freshman at Snider High School, told her dad she was being bullied by a boy at school, he knew he had to do something.

Posted: Apr. 13, 2018 3:24 PM
Updated: Apr. 14, 2018 4:03 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- When Madilyn Quinn, a freshman at Snider High School, told her dad she was being bullied by a boy at school, he knew he had to do something.

"He's just harassing me, threatening to beat me up and get all of his friends on me," Madilyn said.

James Letner said the school wasn't helping his daughter.

"I called Wednesday and have yet to get a follow up. I got a voicemail. No one returns my calls yet," he said.

So, he took it upon himself, and with the help of more than 50 bikers from the United Motor Cycle Enthusiasts (UME), Madilyn got the ultimate escort.

"I feel really lucky to be a biker's kid," she said.

The director of UME, Brent Warfield, said the ride wasn't only about Madilyn. It's about all of the kids at Snider who might feel alone because of bullying.

"Bullying isn't cool, but we're there for all of you, even the bullies, because if you change a bully, you save so many other kids,too," he said.

Warfield said a lot of kids are lost to suicide because of bullying. He hopes kids like Madilyn feel safer knowing they have bikers on their side, and the bullies get the message.

"Love is the answer. Show some kindness," he said.

And for Madilyn, the ride was exactly what she needed to take on the day.

"It' fills my heart with joy knowing that I have support."

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