Ashley Wastakiewicz is a shy 7-year-old girl who has been the target of a neighborhood bully for over a year. Her mom, Christine says an 11-year-old boy who does not live far from where she lives has tormented Ashley, calling her names and beat her up so badly she had to go to hospital.
“She was pushing her bike home and the bully had pushed her to the ground, had kicked her and had punched her in her face,” her mom, Christine said. While the boy’s mother denies her son did anything wrong, the boy was charged with assault.
But the bullying continued and Ashley was scared to go outside her home this summer. Her mom noticed her daughter was feeling more and more alone and helpless. As result, Christine created an anti-bullying Facebook page called “Justice For Ashley” to rally support for her daughter.
Ashley posted a video which caught the attention of area motorcycle club members, who decided to rally to the young girl’s aid. Dozens of bikers met Ashley and her mom at a park and let the girl know she was not alone. They then gathered not far from the bully’s home and ushered Ashley by.
“We stood by her and walked her down the street to pay the troubled neighbor boy a visit, and she rode her scooter with pride along side us saying ‘I’m not scared anymore’ with a big smile on her face” wrote John R. Spencer, one of the bikers who showed up to help.
Spencer wrote on Facebook: post on Facebook about what he and his friends did to help:
“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.”
“Her mother has had no other option than to reach out for help, the authorities have even been notified and nothing has changed. Members of a number of chapters from around the area paid a visit to her neighborhood to show that she is not alone and is loved by many.”
The bikers made sure to walk Ashley around her neighborhood and she had “the biggest smile on her face” and told them she “wasn’t scared anymore.” They group also visited the young boy in hopes of making sure Ashley isn’t scared anymore.
Spencer said they would stay in contact with Ashley to make sure she stays safe.
See more about Ashley’s story in the video below.
What do you think about what these bikers did? I, for one, am happy to see that Ashley feels less scared and alone thanks to these kind-hearted bikers.
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