Ashley Wastakiewicz was 7 years old. At that age, she should be happy spending time with her friends. But the first-grader told her mom she felt alone and was afraid to go outside and play.
When Ashley’s mom, Christine, heard that, she was hurt. She found out that her daughter was bullied persistently by an 11-year-old boy for nearly a year.
There was a time that the boy beat her up so badly that he put her in the hospital.
Police got involved in the case and charges were pursued, and yet, the bullying continued.
Hopelessly, Ashley made a video asking for the bullying to stop.
“My name is Ashley and I’m 7 years old. I am a victim of bullying by an 11-year-old boy. It hurts me very much. Please, stop bullying.”
Mother Christine created an anti-bullying Facebook page called “Justice For Ashley.” She posted the video on it to rally support for her.
And that’s when the video got the intention of one of the local bikers, Jame Dingmon. Dingmon and dozens of members of the American Veterans Motorcycle Club of Jackson arrived to show their support.
“We got word from other brothers at other clubs and we all met,” Dingmon said. “I don’t believe in bullying. Nobody should be bullied.”
Another biker on Facebook, John R. Spencer, paid a visit to her neighborhood to show the girl that she was not alone and was loved by many. “We stood by her and walked her down the street to pay the troubled neighborhood boy a visit, and she rode her scooter with pride alongside us saying ‘I’m not scared anymore’ with a big smile on her face,” Spencer wrote on Facebook.
“We will continue contact and won’t let her feel the way she did before and be hurt any longer, and hopefully the word will spread and the immature violent, destructive behaviors that surface due to parents that cannot properly raise their children will come to an end,” he continued.
The support from the bikers was a turning point in Ashley’s life. The girl has since been stronger to live up her dream.