Basketball Players Defend Cheerleader from Bully Behavior

Basketball Players stop bullies

It’s good to know that the basketball team’s got your back.

Desiree "D" Andrews
Desiree “D” Andrews

The Lincoln middle school basketball team from Kenosha, Wisconsin, was in a middle of a game when a disturbance broke out. It seems that some fans in the stands saw fit to poke fun at a cheerleader for the Lincoln squad. One cheerleader was a little off beat in her dancing.

The cheerleader being picked on was Desiree “D” Andrews. Desiree has Down Syndrome, and for a certain type of person, this makes her an easy target for heckling. The bullies didn’t realize that the basketball team would come to Desiree’s defense.

"God Sent" Supporters of D
“God Sent” Supporters of D: Chase, Scooter and Miles

Chase Vazquez, Scooter Terrien and Miles Rodriguez, from the Lincoln team, stopped their game play and walked over to prevent the bullying. And, the rest of the team had their back. According to reports, the players were mad that anyone would be treated that way.

Bullying has no place at basketball game

“The kids in the audience were picking on D, So we all stepped forward,” Chase Vazquez said.

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

After some persuasive comments were made, the hecklers stopped their taunting. The players took a stand against bullying and sent a loud message.  There’s not place for it.

After the incident, the basketball players and D have developed a special relationship. Desiree now likes to walk to class with her new friends. Oh, and school gym at Lincoln has been renamed “D’s House” at the suggestion of the school’s athletic director.

Andrews described her defenders’ actions as “sweet, awesome, kind and amazing.”

D’s dad tried to pass on his thanks to Desiree’s “God Sent” supporters, but could not stop crying. They’re bright kids — we think they got the message.

 

Middle School Basketball Players defend Cheerleader from Bully Behavior

 

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