Basketball Players Walk Off Court to Defend Cheerleader Targeted by Bullies

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KENOSHA, Wisc. — Several middle school basketball players in Wisconsin took a stand against bullying in a unique way.

Desiree Andrews is a cheerleader for the Lincoln Middle School basketball team. She also has Down syndrome. During a recent basketball game, some people in the stands were yelling derogatory comments directed at Andrews.

Chase Vazquez, Scooter Terrien and Miles Rodriguez walked off the court in the middle of the game to address the bullies in the stands, according to WTMJ.

“It’s not fair when other people get treated wrong because we’re all the same. We’re all created the same. God made us the same way,”  Terrien said.

The team has renamed the gym “Dee’s House,” and the school’s athletic director is even making a banner to reflect that.

WTMJ asked Andrews how that makes her feel: “It is sweet, kind, awesome, amazing.”

12 comments

  • Suzy

    The team members are to be commended for their actions. It’s good to know that the bullying messages are getting through & that they thought enough of their cheerleader to stand up for her. Way to go boys!

  • Eric N. Coop

    I work with a student with Downs syndrome. She is an awesome, kind, loving, and sweet student. As a teacher, I applaud these young men for standing up and defending a young lady who is living life and doing something she enjoys. I appreciate Scooter Terrien’s quote, where he says, “It’s not fair when other people get treated wrong because we’re all the same. We’re all created the same. God made us the same way.” Good call, young man. Keep up the good work!!

  • LEONA WIMMER

    I ADMIRE THE PLAYERS THAT WALKED OFF THE COURT, HOWEVER I THINK THE PEOPLE THAT WERE SAYING INSULTING COMMENTS SHOULD HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE FACILITY!

  • Tiff

    Not only is it poor sportsmanship to make fun of anyone involved in the game, cheerleader, coach, or player, it is poor HUMANSHIP to make fun of someone differently abled any time.She is doing something that makes her feel good and involved. Is she just supposed to sit at home and do nothing, hidden from the public eye? How pitiful those people are!

  • Michael Auch

    This is an awesome story of silent hero’s in my book, but their statement was loud and clear. Those are young people that have been raised correctly, good job boys and your parents.

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