They Didn’t Understand Her

They Didn’t Understand Her

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School isn’t always a safe haven, especially when you’re different from other students. Audrianna Reynolds knew this all too well. She had a unique style that she was proud of. But some of her classmates made it their life’s mission to make her feel bad, because they didn’t get her. But all that changed the day that a group of heroes rode in and paid Reynolds a surprise visit.

She Was Unique

She Was Unique

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Reynolds had just turned seven, and until recently, she led a happy life and considered herself very lucky. Her family wasn’t rich, but they gave her pretty much anything she wanted. Essentially, her life at home was perfect. As she grew older, Reynolds developed her own unique identity. And that became very apparent with the way she dressed.

Different Than Expected

Different Than Expected

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Reynolds’ mom, Alexandria always wanted a little girl she could dress up in lovely pink bows and dresses. But as it turned out, Reynolds didn’t want any of that. She was more comfortable wearing golf shirts and jeans. Long hair was also out of the question. She preferred her hair cut short. Although she loved and supported her child’s choices, Alexandria had a feeling deep in her gut, and it simply refused to go away.

Center Of Attention

Center Of Attention

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Alexandria knew that kids could be mean, especially on the playground. Kids tend to make fun of children, especially when they’re different. So, she was nervous her daughter would become a target for all the alleged cool kids. But shortly after Reynolds got her hair cut, Alexandria’s worst fears were confirmed. Then things went from bad to worse after she discovered Reynolds’ true passion.

Sorry, Barbie!

Sorry, Barbie!

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Reynolds had all the characteristics of a tomboy, and her looks and interests coincided. While most girls her age wanted to play with Barbie dolls, Reynolds wanted to ride a dirt bike. She hoped she would grow up to become a professional dirt bike rider someday and enter a competition. At least, that’s what she told her mom when she asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up. But her parents’ reaction only stoked her interest even more!

Her Passion Grew

Her Passion Grew

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Reynolds was lucky to have parents who understood her. They even encouraged her interests like they did for all of their children. All they asked was for Reynolds to be the best possible version of herself. This allowed her passion to grow. And for her birthday, her parents spoiled her by gifting her a dirt bike! This generous gift was just what she wanted, and it brought a smile to her face. But not everyone was as happy as she was.

Things Were Bleak

Things Were Bleak

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For Reynolds, school had become a real challenge, especially after she told everyone she had gotten a dirt bike for her birthday. It didn’t take long for some of her classmates to voice their opinion, not that she asked for it. They weren’t very supportive, and as time went on, she was ridiculed constantly. Eventually, this tomboy’s outlook took a dive. But all hope wasn’t lost. There was still something in her life that kept her from falling into an emotional abyss.

Sticks And Stones

Sticks And Stones

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Reynolds’ parents raised their kids to be tough and independent. So, they were confident they would handle any obstacles that the world threw at them. And that’s exactly what Reynolds did. She never lashed out at her classmates. She simply brushed all the negativity off and kept on going about her day. In her mind, she knew they were envious. As tough as she was, she had her limits, and eventually, her breaking point grew closer.

Cracks In The Wall

Cracks In The Wall

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Reynolds had endured a year’s worth of negative attention, and her emotional wall had started to crack. Her mom, Alexandria, saw it happening right before her eyes, but didn’t know what to do. Reynolds came home crying every single day. But no matter what Alexandria said to encourage Reynolds, her daughter was simply inconsolable. This experience was as tough on her parents as it was on her. Then, things got unimaginably worse.

She Was Done

She Was Done

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Reynolds wouldn’t stop crying, which broke Alexandria’s heart in two. At one point, Reynolds decided she had taken as much as she could handle. She refused to step foot in school. This shocked her family. After all, Reynolds loved school. But now, a group of mean kids had taken the fun out of things, and her education hung in the balance. That’s when Alexandria decided to come up with a plan right away. Then it hit her.

They Pulled Up

They Pulled Up

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Despite her initial refusal, Reynolds got ready for school. But a strange roar distracted her. She ran out to her driveway, and that’s when she saw them. It was a biker bang pulling up her street. This immediately raised her spirits up several notches. But she was stunned when they parked in front of her home and spoke to her! Reynolds was speechless! Then, they offered her something awesome.

Need A Ride?

Need A Ride?

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Alexandria arranged to have a biker gang escort Reynolds to school that day. The gang included veterans and cops, so she knew The Punishers would keep her daughter safe. And there weren’t enough words to express how grateful Reynolds was to her mom. The Punishers made her a tiny vest and helmet for her to wear. As the gang pulled up to the school, her classmates’ minds were blown. Suddenly, everything changed.

Grand Entrance

Grand Entrance

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Reynolds’ life got better after making such a grand entrance. Her classmates had a whole new level of respect for her too. Even the mean kids who had tormented her kept their mouths shut and stayed away! This allowed Reynolds’ inner happiness to resurface once again, and her mom was very pleased too. But as her story went viral, Reynolds was able to inspire others.

A Touching Story

A Touching Story

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People were touched by Reynolds’ incredible story. Both she and The Punishers proved to the world that we should never be afraid to be who we are or allow others to control us through fear. And everyone loved the biker bang who made such a huge difference in the life of this little girl who simply wanted to be accepted for who she was. But the message behind the story served as a teaching moment for everyone too.

Love Yourself

Love Yourself

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The underlying message of this entire ordeal was clear. Be true to yourself. You can’t be nobody else, so why fake it? Reynolds didn’t change who she was, even when people didn’t like what they saw. Her bravery gave hope to other kids going through something similar. Meanwhile, Reynolds will undoubtedly ace her classes now that The Punishers put her back on the path, and it’s unlikely anyone will dare to tease her again.

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Samantha Redburn
Samantha is an Emmy-award winning television producer and a New York Times bestselling co-author and ghostwriter specializing in editorial support and book creation with celebrities, experts, entrepreneurs, thought and industry leaders. Her prescriptive and narrative non-fiction titles fall under the categories of health & wellness, personal development, inspiration, business lite, parenting and memoir including titles that have been translated into more than 20 foreign languages. She is the principal of manuscript development for YellowSkyMedia, her company in Petaluma, Ca, with clients nationwide.

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