Some Wisconsin middle schoolers came to the defense of a mentally challenged classmate when other students started heckling her.
According to TMJ4, few Lincoln Middle School basketball players were in the middle of a game when they heard something upsetting: a student in the audience was picking on one of the cheerleaders.
Desiree Andrews, who has Down Syndrome, was cheering during the game when someone started heckling her from the stands. However, three basketball players overheard the bullying and decided to put an end to it. The boys walked off the court to rush to Andrews’ defense.
“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.
“So when I heard they were talking about her like, it kind of like made me mad,” said Miles Rodriguez.
Andrews, who goes by “Dee,” is now an eighth grader, along with those boys who helped put a stop to the bullying. Last night was their final game in the gymnasium, and the players have been affectionately calling the gym “Dee’s House.”
Even the athletic director has joined in, claiming the name “Dee’s House” has stuck and that he will be making an official banner for the gym.
The players’ actions have helped Andrews get through middle school, and now, she never walks to class alone.