Girl gets own prom after she misses her own to avoid bullies

By Robyn Lucas
27 July 2017

Shannon was tormented because of her arthritis and ulcerative colitis -- a form of inflammatory bowel disease.

Proms are the highlight of your final year at school. Wearing an elegant ball gown and some glitzy jewelry is every girl's dream, right?

But one 16-year-old girl made the tough decision not to go to her prom after being bullied for 18 months at school.

Shannon Purcifer from Hampshire, England, decided not to go to her prom after peers at school constantly tormented her about her arthritis and ulcerative colitis - a form of inflammatory bowel disease.

But her devastated mom, Claire Carstens (38), immediately took to Facebook and shared a picture of Shannon in her R8000 dress – in a plea to give her daughter her own magical prom experience.

“She had been looking forward to it for months,” says 38-year-old Claire.  “We bought the dress as far back as February but the bullying got so bad she knew she wouldn’t enjoy it if she went.”

Shannon’s story resonated with so many people.

Many helped Claire to make her daughter’s prom dream a reality – and it happened!

Saturday 22 June, 120 local bikers picked Shannon up in her gorgeous white dress from her home in England and took her to her magnificent prom venue at St Vincent's college in England.

"The best part was when the bikes arrived,” says Shannon. “I knew they were coming but I had no idea I was going to be riding there on a three-wheeled bike.”

More than 100 friends and family attended the extravagant affair in support of the 16-year-old.

On her special day, she was given a red corsage with her late dads picture attached. He was a royal petty officer who died in Germany in 2007.

The makeshift prom was exactly what Shannon needed especially after deciding not to go to her school's prom.

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Her night was full of dancing with people that truly cared for her.

“It was better than I could ever have imagined.

“There’s no better way to stick two fingers up at bullies than to go out and enjoy yourself,” she says.


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