Ashley Wastakiewicz was so terrified that she refused to even go outside to play.
For the last year, she’d been targeted by an 11-year-old neighborhood bully whose actions eventually landed her in the emergency room. and him in court, facing misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly pushing her to the ground, then kicking and punching her.
The following summer, when she should’ve been outside playing and riding her bike, the first grader was instead holed up at home, believing the lie, “that nobody loves her, nobody cares about her. She feels alone,” her mom said.
Little Ashley had already been diagnosed with ADD, depression and anxiety, and the bullying wasn’t helping matters. When she started talking about suicide, her mom, Christine, created an anti-bullying Facebook page called “Justice for Ashley.”
Her sad story and a subsequent video, in which Ashley pleads for people to stop bullying, traveled through the grapevine, and eventually reached members of the American Veterans Motorcycle Club of Jackson in Michigan.
“I don’t believe in bullying. Nobody should be bullied,” said club member James Dingmon.
He and several dozen other members met up at a nearby park, then roared into Ashley’s neighborhood. Leaving their bikes at the side of the road, they escorted Ashley down the street to the bully’s house, where Ashley called out, “I’m not scared anymore!”
Before they left, the bikers promised to stay in touch with Ashley and her family – and she even wrote them a letter thanking them for their support!
Afterward, another member posted photos on his Facebook page, saying that the group, “made a difference tonight and helped in the widespread fight against bullying.”
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