Unfortunately, bullying is still a widespread issue and many children are daily victims of unnecessary verbal harassment, aggression, or both. The little seven-year-old Ashley Wastakiewicz, currently in the first grade of school, was being bullied by an older 11-year-bold in her neighborhood.
The bullying wasn’t only verbal. The boy called her dozens of unpleasant names, but things started to take a turn for the worse when the boy started to become aggressive towards Ashley. He was constantly pushing and pulling her off her bike and basically tormenting her life outside.
One day, Ashley even had to go to the hospital after yet another attack from the bully.
The boy was pressed with charges of assault and battery by the police, but even then the boy and his family denied any and all accusations of bullying.
“She has felt that nobody loves her, nobody cares about her. She feels alone,” said Ashley’s mom, Christine. “She is afraid to come outside to play. She has been cooped up most of the summer because she is afraid to come out and play with the fear of being bullied.”
Ashley’s mother couldn’t handle it anymore. She posted a plea on social media and created a Facebook Page, “Justice for Ashley,” to try and find support and advice. Christine hoped to hear from a few people that knew what to do or were willing to help, but she couldn’t have imagined in a thousand years who showed up to help her.
Members of a local motorcycle group had received word about Ashley and her story. As a true unison group, they gathered and decided to support her.
“We got word from other brothers at other clubs and we all met,” motorcycle enthousiast James Dingmon from American Veterans Motorcycle Club of Jackson, said. “I don’t believe in bullying. Nobody should be bullied. We wanted a show of force, that she is loved and she’s got people out here that care for her.”
Another biker who was more than willing to help, John Spencer, wrote the following:
“We made a difference tonight and helped in the widespread fight against bullying, particularly with a very serious case with a wonderful little 7 year old girl named Ashley, whom has (had) a terrible bully in her neighborhood for quite some time now and has been terrified to play outside her own home after being sent to the E.R. and continuously threatened and hurt.”
The bikers, Ashley, and her mom met each other at a playground nearby as the first-grader told her story. Afterward, the entire group of motor riders escorted Ashley back to her home with dozens Harley Davidson bikes right on her doorstep.
The group also made its presence known and drove to the bully’s house, simply to let him know that they were on Ashley’s side.
“I’m not scared anymore,” Ashley shouted.
These bikers might seem a bit intimidating, but their actions and personalities are absolutely heartwarming.
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Source: WOOD TV8