Advertisement
  1. News
  2. /
  3. Florida

The Batman walks 3-year-old girl to school after she was bullied by classmates

Spring Hill has its own Dark Knight, and he came to the rescue of a Crystal River mother frustrated by the lack of help from her daughter’s school.
Erica Calculli thanks Jack Asbury, known as the Batman of Spring Hill, in a Facebook post for walking her daughter to school. [Facebook]
Erica Calculli thanks Jack Asbury, known as the Batman of Spring Hill, in a Facebook post for walking her daughter to school. [Facebook]
Published Sep. 11, 2019
Updated Sep. 12, 2019

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.

Lydia Calculli models the Supergirl outfit she received from The Batman of Spring Hill. [Facebook]

“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💪.”

I made a new friend today. This is Lydia. I was heart broken when I saw her mothers post she was being bullied in...

Posted by The Batman Of Spring Hill on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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.

Posted by The Batman Of Spring Hill on Thursday, August 29, 2019

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. 💕”

Lydia got a surprise visit at school from The Batman Of Spring Hill. 💕 I really hope she’s more comfortable at school...

Posted by Erica Adrianne Calculli on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. SpaceX launched 60 mini satellites Monday, the second batch of an orbiting network meant to provide global internet coverage. (Craig Bailey/Florida Today via AP) [CRAIG BAILEY/FLORIDA TODAY  |  AP]
    No one was aboard for the wild ride in the skies above Cape Canaveral, just two mannequins.
  2. Jack Pearcy, left, and James Dailey, right, as they appeared when they each entered Florida's prison system in 1987. Both men were convicted of taking part in the murder of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio in Pinellas County. Pearcy got a life sentence. Dailey got the death penalty. Dailey's lawyers have argued that Pearcy is solely responsible for the crime. [Florida Department of Corrections]
    The case of James Dailey, facing a death sentence for the 1985 Pinellas County murder of a 14-year-old girl, is full of contradiction, ambiguity and doubt. Court records tell the terrible story.
  3. A new report to the Florida Legislature details the investigation that led to the forced resignations of six Moffitt Cancer Center employees in December, including president and CEO Dr. Alan List. [Moffitt Cancer Center]
    The money came from the “Thousand Talents Program” and went to personal accounts set up in China.
  4. FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2019 file photo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington. After the Pensacola shooting, Defense Secretary Mark Esper ordered a review of the Pentagon's handling of foreign military trainees. The results, announced Friday, put foreign trainees under new limitations, including their travel away from their assigned base; their possession and use of firearms and their access to bases and other U.S. facilities.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) [SUSAN WALSH  |  AP]
    International trainees will no longer be allowed to have privately owned firearms on base, among other changes.
  5. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking for information about a man accused of killing a duck at a Town 'N Country apartment complex in Tampa. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922. [Bay News 9]
    He used bread to lure the bird in before killing it. A complaint was filed with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
  6. Visitors head to Florida's Old Capitol building on Tuesday, the first day of the annual session. The same day, the advocacy group Equality Florida denounced four bills filed by Republican lawmakers, calling them “the most overtly anti-LGBTQ agenda from the Florida legislature in recent memory.” [SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Most of the bills try to eliminate local ordinances, and Republicans say they’ve been unfairly labeled.
  7. People waited overnight to be the first customers at the new Jollibee Pinellas Park location. It opened Friday. [SCOTT KEELER  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES]
    Long lines, happy dances, hot Chickenjoy. Pinellas Park scores the chain’s latest restaurant.
  8. In this Feb. 22, 2018 file photo, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, speaks to reporters outside the West Wing in Washington. President Donald Trump's legal team will include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general, former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton, according to a person familiar with the matter. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) [J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE  |  AP]
    The former Florida attorney general reportedly will join former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the independent counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton.
  9. For the latest breaking news, check tampabay.com [Tampa Bay Times]
    Three men are facing human smuggling charges in federal courts in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
  10. Chris Card, chief of community-based care for Eckerd Connects. His agency is now running the two biggest child welfare jurisdictions in Florida. [Tampa Bay Times]
    They are spending more time outside a permanent home as the county struggles to deal with an increase in removals.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement