Weekend events in Kingman target bullying behavior

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."

Visit facebook.com/antibullyaction for more information about Anti-Bully Action.

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