Middle School Basketball Players Walk Off the Court When Their Classmate Is Bullied From the Stands

Several members of the Lincoln Middle School basketball team from Kenosha, WI, recently walked off of the court in the middle of a game to defend a fellow classmate.

That classmate – eighth-grader Desiree Andrews – is a cheerleader who suffers from Down syndrome and is known to ‘dance to her own beat.’ WTMJ-TV reports:

“‘The kids in the audience were picking on Dee, So we all stepped forward,’ said Chase Vazquez, Lincoln Middle School basketball player.”

Vazquez’s teammates added their thoughts on Dee’s treatment:

“’So when I heard they were talking about her like, it kind of like made me mad,’ said Miles Rodriguez.”

‘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,’ said Scooter Terrien.”

Since the game, students at Lincoln Middle School are making Dee a big part of the school, even re-naming their gym “D’s House:”

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Buzzfeed reports that Dee has been especially touched by the support she’s received:

“It was sweet, kind, awesome, amazing.” 

The Kenosha News reports what drives Desiree’s passion for cheerleading and dancing:

Desiree’s father Cliff Andrews said his daughter’s interest in cheerleading came from the television show “Glee.”

“She always enjoyed the show ‘Glee.’ They have a character with Down syndrome who is a cheerleader. And she said, ‘If she can be a cheerleader, I can be a cheerleader.’”

Sounds like her inspiration – Glee’s Becky Jackson – would certainly be proud of her!

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