Last month, 16-year-old Sharron Purcifer from Gosport in the United Kingdom chose not to go to her prom because of 18 months of alleged bullying she had faced from classmates following her battle with ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease. Alongside that diagnosis, Sharron also developed arthritis, which made schoolwork difficult.
Shannon, who’s also a coeliac, faced bullying that was so severe she often spent breaks alone in a classroom. It's understandable then that even after spending £470 ($600) on a dress, the teenager ultimately decided to skip prom.
That decision led her mother, Clair Carstens, to take to Facebook and share a photo of Shannon in her dress to address the "nasty vile bullies" that had ruined what was supposed to be a special night.
After the post, friends and family came together to organize Shannon a prom of her own. A GoFundMe campaign raised £500 ($650) for provisions, with dozens of people pledging to attend.
The party, which took place on Saturday, was attended by over 100 people. And to ensure that Shannon felt safe, 120 bikers from Gosport Scooter Club escorted the teenager to the event.
“The best part was when the bikes arrived,” Shannon said according to The Sun. “I knew they were coming but I had no idea I was going to be riding there on a three-wheeled bike.” Shannon went on to add that the event was “better than I could ever have imagined.”
It looks like it was an awesome night.
Carstens commented that “there’s no better way to stick two fingers up at bullies than to go out and enjoy yourself.”
What an awesome idea.