Cheerleader with Down Syndrome gets bullied, basketball players intervene

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At a middle school in Wisconsin, there is a gym affectionately named, “D’s House.”

Desiree Andrews has Down Syndrome, and is a cheerleader for Lincoln Middle School. She has fierce support from students and staff alike, and this was shown in full force last week when a bully from another middle school began making fun of D as she took the court with her fellow cheerleaders to cheer on their boy’s basketball team.

Several players from D’s school saw what was happening, and were not happy about it.

Chase Vasquez, Miles Rodriguez and Scooter Terrien, eighth graders, stormed off the court mid game to confront the bully.

“We were mad; we didn’t like that,” Rodriguez told Kenosha News. “We asked our sports director to talk to the people and tell them not to make fun of her.”

“It’s not fair when other people get treated wrong because we’re all the same. We’re all created the same,” Terrien told TMJ4.

Andrews father was touched by the boys’ kindness, calling it “sweet, kind, awesome, amazing.”

According to Fox News, “cheer coach and Lincoln teacher, Laura Stone, told Kenosha News she believes Desiree’s participation on the team, and at school, has helped her students grow.”

“She has been very special to us,” Stone said.

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