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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - There is often a disconnect between young people's experience of bullying and what adults see sometimes parents don't know how to handle it.
"I just knew we had to do it to bridge the gap between us bikers and the community," U.M.E Founder Tony Lupica said.
When the parents don't see results, U.M.E steps up.
United Motorcycle Enthusiasts have made it their mission to put an end to bullying and child suicide.
They held their annual banquet to raise awareness to inform parents like Valerie Seymore on what to look for and how to handle it.
Her son Robbie Seymore is confined to a wheelchair.
"We decided we were going to come and bring Robbie and be introduced to some of these guys and just support what they're trying to do," Seymore said.
If there is a sudden change in your child, chances are they might be a victim.
"The big thing is listening to your kids. See if their behavior or demeanor has changed, then the tools on help if your kid is being bullied. Call the school. Be realistic, calm, respectful in doing so, because if you're polite and respectful in addressing any issue, you're not not going to have people shut doors on you or close their ears off to you," Director Brent Warfield said.
The National Center for Educational statistics said one out of every five students report being bullied, and the bikers don't want to lose another life to it.
"All these people who are involved they all help us. They're all part of U.M.E it's not done by one person or two people. it's done by everybody in this room," Lupica added.
Seymore said it's refreshing to see groups like this helping.
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- Bikers help victims of school bus bullying
- Bikers escort Snider freshman to school, stand up against bullying
- Bikers offer support to end bullying for student
- Bikers asking the community to stand up against bullying
- Local biker organization helps women's shelter
- Biker community makes one man's wish come true
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- FWPD officer recognized by neighborhood associations