After a disabled girl was bullied on her way home from school, a motorcycle club stepped in to make her feel protected and empowered.
The Punishers, a law enforcement motorcycle club in Albuquerque, NM heard about the five-year-old's story and knew they had to help. The group, comprised of military veterans, EMS workers and former police officers teamed up with local self-defense group Shockwave to help the girl.
According to KRQE, the young girl has a mental disability and was jumped by neighborhood kids during a recent walk home from school. Once news traveled to the Punishers, they jumped into action.
"We rounded up all the bikes and we rode over to the little girl's house and said hi," Punishers' member Aaron Holmes said.
The burly men dressed all in black spoke to the girl about her encounter and how to deal with the issue of bullying. Although they may have a tough exterior on the outside, the guys quickly formed a sweet and emotional bond with the girl.
"When she walked out she was kind of wide-eyed," said Norman Gonzalez, president of the Albuquerque chapter of the Punishers. He and the rest of the club wanted to make sure that the girl never felt helpless again. "We told her that we are always there for her no matter what."