ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) - It was all flips, tricks, and stunts at St. Martin North Elementary Thursday morning. The students got to take a break from class to watch some stunt bike action by the touring group BMX Trickstars out of Florida.
"It's good for them to see adults doing something fun and professional to encourage them to do the same," said St. Martin North Elementary Principal Dr. Lisa Suarez.
The gravity-defying duo was spending the morning spreading a positive message to the students. And, it didn't take long for a faculty member to become part of the act. Leader of the stunt group, Rob Nolli, called Coach Michael Capers to stand at the top of one of the bike platforms. Then Nolli proceeded to jump Coach Capers, clearing his head by several feet.
"My first thought was he's definitely going to hit me, so I closed my eyes and it was over before I knew it," said Capers.
He was glad to see an encouraging and uplifting message being presented in such a fun way.
"We, as teachers, want what's best for our students and we're glad that we can have other people that they look up to come and help us spread the message of a healthy lifestyle, drug-free," said Capers.
The Trickstars also stressed the importance of biking safely with proper gear. Nolli saw this as a chance to plant good decision making skills early in life. "Basically make positive decisions and if you can get that message to them now while they're younger hopefully it will stick with them when they get a little bit older," he said.
The message was also being spread by a coast native returning to his stomping grounds. Doug Morrison grew up in Biloxi, and now travels as the other half of this stunt show duo.
"It feels so great to be able to come back here on the coast and represent BMX, a healthy lifestyle, and pushing the positivity forward for the kids," said Morrison.
A message that Morrison and Nolli hope these students will ride into action.