When school leaders couldn’t provide the help a Crystal River mother needed, the Batman came to the rescue.
Erica Calculli said she reached out to her daughter’s preschool late last month after her daughter Lydia, 3, returned home from school one day with bruises and a black eye.
Lydia told her mother that other students hit her, the mother said, and that one girl even threw a shoe at her, hitting her in the eye.
The mother said the school wouldn’t do anything to help. So Calculli pleaded for help on social media.
The Batman answered the call.
Jack Asbury III, a local Batman impersonator who already knew Calculli, saw the post and offered to walk Lydia to school.
He told the class Lydia was his “best friend” and said he would return to check on her.
Asbury also got Lydia a Supergirl outfit, calling her his “sidekick.” The Batman is known to work with Kryptonians.
“I made a new friend today," Asbury wrote on his Facebook page, The Batman of Spring Hill, on Aug. 28.
“I was heartbroken when I saw her mothers post she was being bullied in school to the point she didn’t want to go,” he wrote, ”so I reached out and asked if I could walk her to school. Hopefully this will help her over come the fear knowing who has her back💪.”
In a response to the post, Calculli wrote that a little boy later walked up to her daughter, said, “Hi, best friend Lydia,” took her hand and walked her to class.
When he isn’t visiting children in the community as the Batman, Asbury works as a paramedic in Citrus County, according to his Facebook page.
Calculli thanked the caped crusader on Facebook.
“I am so grateful for this man,” she wrote in a post. “Lydia hasn’t stopped talking about Batman and she definitely got some fans at daycare this week. 💕”