It may seem crazy that a six-year-old girl would be a target of bullying. But for Ashley Wastakiewicz, that was her reality every day. She was being bullied by an older kid, and it has gone on for over a year. She’s now seven, and her 11-year-old bully has been so vicious, that she’s afraid to go outside and play. There was one point that she was beaten so badly, that she had to go to the hospital. The bully pushed her to the ground, punched her in the face, and kicked her repeatedly. The police filed charges, but it still didn’t stop the bullying. So her mother took action.
“She has felt that nobody loves her, nobody cares about her. She feels alone,” her mother explained. “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.” She created a Facebook page called “Justice for Ashley” with the hope of getting support for her daughter, which included a video from Ashley begging for the bullying to stop. But she had no idea just how much support she would get.
Some local bikers saw the video, and decided to take action. James Dingmon, a member of the American Veterans Motorcycle Club of Jackson, decided to help spread the word. “We got word from other brothers at other clubs and we all met,” Dingmon, a member of American Veterans Motorcycle Club of Jackson, said. “I don’t believe in bullying. Nobody should be bullied.” And the bikers showed up en masse to support Ashley. “We wanted a show of force, that she is loved and she’s got people out here that care for her,” Dingmon said. The bikers showed up at her house, around her neighborhood, and at her park.
Another biker wrote on Facebook that he hoped they were able to put a dent in Ashley’s bullying problem. “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,” John Spencer said.
“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. 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.”
And she doesn’t have to be scared ever again. The bikers have promised to stay in contact with her, to make sure that the bully knows to never hurt her.