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Basketball Players Defend Cheerleader with Down Syndrome from Bullies


Basketball players at a Wisconsin middle school have taken a stand against bullying in defense of a classmate with down syndrome.

Chase Vazquez, Scooter Terrien and Miles Rodriguez, players on the Lincoln Middle School basketball team, walked off the court during a recent game to address bullies in the stands yelling derogatory comments Desiree Andrews, a Lincoln Middle School cheerleader with down syndrome, according to WTMJ-TV.

“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,” Terrin said.

The team has renamed the gym “Dee’s House,” and the school’s athletic director is even making a banner to reflect that.

When asked how that makes her feel, Andrews told WTMJ: “It is sweet, kind, awesome, amazing.”

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