or many teens, attending their high school prom is a highly anticipated rite of passage.
But for one U.K. teen, bullying stood in the way. The girl, Shannon Purcifer, skipped the big event because she was afraid of a confrontation. Luckily, her local community didn’t let her stay sad for long.
Over 100 people showed up to throw her a party of her very own.
In June 2017, Shannons mother posted photos of her daughter in her $600 white prom dress.
Instead of posed pictures with a date and friends, the images showed a glum teen who had decided to stay home the night of her prom.
Thanks to nasty vile bullies shannon [sic] decided she didn’t want to go and mix with scum that made her so miserable, mom Claire Carstens wrote on Facebook.
Shannon was allegedly bullied because of her health struggles.
The 16-year-old has ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease. Shannon has endured vicious taunts from her classmates for years. According to The Independent, the harassment got so bad that she even had to change her phone number.
Community members saw Carstens post and decided to throw the teen the formal party she deserved.
They started a GoFundMe page and raised more than $600 for Shannons alternate prom, which was held in mid-July.
The most exciting part for Shannon was her group of chaperones.
Instead of arriving at her prom in a limousine, a group of bikers, the Gosport Scooter Club, offered up their services.
More than 100 bikers showed up at Shannons house and escorted the teen to her party on a motorbike.
The best part was when the bikes arrived, Shannon told The Sun. I knew they were coming but I had no idea I was going to be riding there on a three-wheeled bike.
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