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5/22/2013 6:00:00 AM
Weekend events in Kingman target bullying behavior

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Rob Dix has a painful personal reason for hoping the Anti-Bully Action Benefit Concert and Bike Run is a success this weekend.

Dix's son, Seamus Dix, 16, a sophomore at Kingman High School, hung himself Jan. 25 after he was repeatedly bullied.

After the suicide, Dix, a partner at Ink'M Up Tattoo in Kingman, created Anti-Bully Action, a nonprofit group providing an outlet for children and adults dealing with bullies. Dix's organization is seeking a federal law against bullying.

"I want to spread the word about bullying," said Dix. "If kids can't talk to their parents, they need to talk to someone. And parents need to keep their bases covered so that if something like what happened to me and Seamus takes place, they have recourse.

"Parents have to be vigilant and keep their eyes open. You think it will never happen to your kid, but it can catch you by surprise."

Baxter Records and Bikers Against Bullies USA are teaming up to offer a benefit concert and bike run Sunday to support Anti-Bully Action. The event will start at 1 p.m. with a motorcycle ride from Ink'M Up Tattoo, 4305 Stockton Hill Road, and end at Castle Rock Event Center, 3743 U.S. Hwy. 93 in Golden Valley.

A bike shine and show will take place at 4 p.m., and NASCAR artist Mark Brodie's custom motorcycle will be on display.

A free benefit concert is scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m.

Local musicians Levi Dudley and Mikel Weisser will perform, as well as Las Vegas band "Some Kinda Story" and national recording artist J.T. McClelland.

Several vendors will be available during the event, including the Kingman Masonic Lodge with its child identification program and the Mohave County Sheriff's Department DARE program.

"Our goal is to let people know there are ways to get help if they are being bullied," said Charles Black, who is starting a Bikers Against Bullies USA chapter in Kingman. "People don't want to talk about bullying. They want to ignore it. But it's a problem that continues to grow."

Fred Van de Perre, founder of Bikers Against Bullies USA, which is headquartered in Missoula, Mont., said the group has taken its anti-bullying awareness campaign into schools for about five years, giving out 20,000 stickers and posters. The group has chapters in Arizona, Texas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New Zealand.

"In Kingman, they really get what we're doing," said Black. "The city suffered an unfortunate event with the suicide this year, and we've found that's not an isolated event. Bullying takes place all over.

"If one kid kills himself, that's one kid too many. It's all about standing up as a group and fighting these bullies."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: Amberlee James

It is so true that bullying does start in the home. My husband and I never let the kids watch the Simpsons.. we always felt Homer was just so disrespectful. My boys were lucky they were not really bullied, but I was.. and I remember how hurtful it dad was in a wheel chair and the kids would point their fingers and say my dad was crippled.. to this day I hate that word.

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Article comment by: Internet User

They need a law like that for bullies and troublemakers that hang in internet chats and social sites as well. They need some type of website or something to be able to report idiots like this, no matter what country they reside in. Since internet is considered a federal communications device then i think a federal law should be put in place and the law should allow agents to nab the abusers no matter what country the abusers are residing from, just like the law on the child exploitation crap does.

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Article comment by: Maxwell Gibbons

I had Seamus last semester and at the beginning of this semester in Photo Class and Advance Photo. I would help him get started in the class showing him how to do stuff and he would show me how do things to.
It hurts me that bulling claimed yet another innocent soul.
He was one of the most intelligent and most interesting person that I had ever had the chance to meet.

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Article comment by: Maxwell Gibbons

I sucks that we lose someone really close just to get the word out. Bulling needs get eradicated by next your. It is getting worse then better. By starting more and more anti-bully clubs and benefits. We are getting the word out that we are not messing around.

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Article comment by: Traci M.

I have a 12 year old autistic son and a 7 year old autistic son both have had their share of run in's with bullies. My 12 year old isn't bothered by it much and says he is just smarter then the bullies and ignores them and walks away. My 7 year old is very tortured by the bullies he has issues at school and in our neighborhood to the point he cant walk out our front door. He has expressed to me he wants to die and everyone hates him. It makes me cry when he says these things to me. He has changed his behaviors in response to the bullying. All negatively. I have called the police on several occasions trying to get help but they have now told me that next time they come out over this that all kids involved will be charged and fined. My children have been pepper sprayed by a bully and rocks thrown at them and the verbal abuse is out of control and because the bullies wont say they are doing it then my kids are going to be in trouble also not fair. My 7 year old is miserable! I think there needs to be something done this is a good start I hope.

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Article comment by: Anti Bully Supporter

What an amazing thing to come out of such a tragedy. I applaud Rob and Danny for taking major strides in helping the children and families in our communities. I have heard recently from teachers saying that bullying is not a problem in our schools, but only online. I have also heard it said that the bully is not the problem it’s the person being bullied that needs a thicker skin. Shame on the people who chose to believe this way! You are definitely part of the problem and not the solution.

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Article comment by: Dori Mathews

Rob's son was a friend of mine
We weren't all that close, but I know of a few times in Junior High that I stuck up for him. This bullying has been going on for too long, and I'm glad that Rob is trying is hardest to put an end to it. It's great that they're having a biker run, and I'm going to talk to my dad and see if he can attend. Rob has done most of my piercings,and he is a great guy. It's awesome that he's reaching out to stop this bullying. Keep fighting Rob, there are many people on your side.
--Dori Mathews

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Article comment by: Lead by Example

I think violence and bullying is taught in the homes, not just by parents, but by media, music etc. I think we as a community need to pay more attention to what is going on with our youth, bullying is unacceptable, if we all remember how difficult a time it was growing up, perhaps we will then be more motivated to help our youngsters along the way, times have only gotten harder. It's a shame that young man with a whole life ahead of him, found solace in death. It's not supposed to be that way, we need to help others find solace in life, and stop the bullying crap.

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Article comment by: Renee Melton

I am look foreword to to the run! A friend son died due to bullying in Jan, We need to let ppl know it hurts others,,, Hope to see you all there

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Article comment by: Choose to be a good example!

It is important to note that bullying is also a learned trait. Adults, which were included in this article, continue to demonstrate this rude behavior on the road, parking lots, at other employees, public events, local stores, medical and legal personnel, banks, restaurants and in our various fraternities. Seriously, the list could go on and on.

Children pick up on this self-centered attitude at an early age and pattern themselves in like manner. Always consider the Golden Rule as the supreme response in displaying your actions. You never know who, regardless of age, is watching your every move while you are not looking. Let the positive behavior overcome the negative ones. Thank you.

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