Basketball players walk off court to defend cheerleader targeted by bullies

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KENOSHA, Wis. — 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.”

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11 comments

  • Al

    Quote: “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.” For all those who like to bully, this is address to you.

  • Christine

    WHAT A HORRIBLE SHAME…… to hurt that poor girl……. YOU GO GIRL !!!!!!! Do these parents teach kids how to respect people in general, much less others who have disabilities…..What’s wrong with us !!!!! I remember when I was young. Mom and I were on the bus and at the bus stop was a young girl in a wheelchair. MY MOTHER MADE SURE
    A. I didn’t “stare”
    B. Spoke to her
    C. Didn’t ask any stupid questions– like why can’t you walk
    D. Made sure she and HER Mom got on the bus first, seated then we followed……
    TIME TO GO BACK TO THE 50’S !!!!!!!!

    • MrKrabs

      There was time when courtesy was valued. A time when rules were rules. If you broke a rule there were consequences and whining about it would have been shamed. If you behaved poorly in school you would expect a disciplinary action and when you got home, you got more. Today we have an entitlement mentality where many believe they can behave any way and not expect consequences. We have parents that set that as an example and back their kids when they behave poorly.

      • Bill

        Bullying has been a problem loooong before this generation. The only difference is that we no longer tolerate it…

  • Linda Gilmore

    What awesome compassionate young men. It is wonderful to see this in our youth. These are the future we hope to see. Way to go boys, the entire country sold be proud of you. And to the parents off these young men great job!

  • Leslie Jones

    My daughter is one of the cheerleaders on the Lady Knights Cheer Squad with her! The girls love Desiree! She is an absolute joy to be around. So proud of all the kids involved!!

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