Xander Rose is a 10-year-old boy whose school days turned into worst nightmares. He was constantly bullied by his classmates and other kids from the same school. Other kids have been abusing him for years, and not only verbally.
The boy’s mother, Katie Laybolt, told CTV News that her son has been bullied in school for year in a number of various ways. He is constantly ridiculed about his weight and about the fact he wears a leather biker vest. You see, Xander dreams of becoming a biker one day.
He’s endured racial slurs and “disgustingly” sexual comments. One boy even threatened to kill him with a gun, Laybolt said.
“It’s been crazy. He’s gotten jumped on the bus, he’s had clothing ripped off his back. He’s been told to go die in a hole,” she said.
Desperate about her son’s everyday problems, Laybolt contacted the school and its board, the Children’s Aid Society of Cape Breton-Victoria and the parents of other students. None of these worked and the bullying even intensified over the past year.
This is why she decided to reach out to Defenders of Children, an Arizona-based children’s advocacy nonprofit, and ask for help. The group responded quickly and shared her story on social media.
Describing Xander as a “future biker” who “loves his biker gear,” the group asked motorcyclists in the Nova Scotia area if they would “give him a ride to school some time, in numbers, as a sign to kids and teachers that he’s much loved and has a very protective family on two wheels.”
The response was outstanding, with various local biker groups offering to escort young Xander to school on Wednesday.
“I’m hoping he knows from now on, if somebody bullies him, he’s got somebody to go to,” one of the bikers, Mike Basso of Cape Breton Bike Rally told CTV. “He can look on the corner on any street. He’s going to find a leather vest. He’s now one of our brothers.”
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Xander gets escorted by more than 200 bikers on his way to school! Check it out!