Prom is one of the most important moments of high school students. In addition to marking the end of a cycle, it is also a kind of transition from adolescence to adulthood. Young people are very excited and committed to this event: they need to find a date, choose clothes, among other things. But Shannon Purcifer decided not to go to the prom due to bullying.
The 16-year-old girl from Hampshire, England, did not want to go to the ball so she would not be intimidated. But, thanks to the help of good-hearted strangers, she managed to have the last laugh.
Shannon always dreamed of going to the prom because her teenage years were hard. She suffers from various diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and celiac disease. This made life very difficult, and the girl had to be very strong. So, she could hardly wait to dance with her friends and dress up. It was a reward for her courage and strength.
The young woman chose a beautiful and expensive white dress to go like a real princess. However, when the big day came, she could not go. She was being bullied because of her illnesses, and she did not feel welcome at the event.
Her mother, Claire Carstens, wrote about the sad incident on social networks: “If Shannon went to the prom tonight, she would wear this beautiful dress. Shannon decided that she did not want to go and mix with the bullies. I think it’s so bad for a girl who has had so much to deal with in life… celiac disease, ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis, she’s a strong young woman with an even stronger mind!”
The post of Shannon’s mother became viral, and quickly family, acquaintances and strangers began to raise funds for the young woman. The purpose was to do a prom only for Shannon, with all the school friends.
“This is not about cursing the school, though the school certainly needs to address bullying as soon as possible. This is about showing all the nasty bullies that they will not win, and also showing someone who is being bullied that there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” said the mother.
They managed to do the prom for the girl at St. Vincent College, and it was a real success! The event began with 120 bikers, who wanted to show their support and accompany her to the ball.
About 100 people went to the ball, from friends and strangers. They did an elegant buffet party and put a disco ball on the ceiling. Shannon’s night was unforgettable!
This story shows that bullies don’t always win… all the best for this beautiful girl! Watch an event report below:
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