Bullying is very very real, especially those who are born with a special condition. Young girl Desiree Andrews isn’t spared from the harsh reality of bullying. Desiree is an eighth-grader who has Down syndrome, and she is one of the cheerleaders at Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Despite her condition, Desiree still did her best as a part of the cheerleading team. Unfortunately, she was still bullied by the people in the stands while performing with the Lady Knights’ Cheerleading Squad… and it happened during a recent basketball game.
But then something unexpected happened. According to Kenosha News, a few boys from the basketball team decided to stand up for Desiree to stop the bullying once and for all.
The players called a timeout and confronted the bully, telling him to quit it. Chase Vazquez, a basketball player, told TMJ4, “The kids in the audience were picking on Dee, so we all stepped forward.” Scooter Terrien, another player, also added, “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.”
The boys’ former coach, Brandon Morris, reported to Kenosha News, “One of the kids stepped up and said, ‘Don’t mess with her.’ Then all of the guys got together to show her support.”
Desiree, who’s more commonly called Dee, is now being appreciated. The gym has also been called Dee’s House, which was renamed in her honor. The boys also chanted “Whose house? Dee’s house!” during the last home game on March 9, which was also played in Desiree’s honor.
Timothy Nieman, the athletic director, told TMJ4 that the nickname has truly stuck with everyone and that he’s making a banner using the name Dee’s House. He added, “The cheerleaders and the basketball players that I’ve been working with the last two years are some of the kindest and most supportive students that I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.”
When she was asked about everything that happened, Desiree expressed her happiness by saying, “It was sweet, kind, awesome, amazing.”
It’s really heartwarming to see stories where everybody supports and protects a special-needs kid. It has that power to restore your faith in humanity.
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