A Wisconsin cheerleader with Down syndrome was being bullied during a boys’ basketball game until a group of players decided to do something about it to make it stop.
Desiree Andrews, an eighth-grader who has Down syndrome, is a cheerleader at Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha, Wisconsin, BuzzFeed reports.
At a recent basketball game, Desiree was getting bullied from the stands while performing with the Lady Knights’ Cheerleading Squad.
“The kids in the audience were picking on Dee, so we all stepped forward,” basketball player Chase Vazquez told TMJ4.
That’s when he and a few other teammates decided to come together to call a timeout, walk off the court, and tell the bully to stop.
“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,” basketball player Scooter Terrien said.
The Lincoln Middle School basketball team played its final game of the season in the gymnasium that has been renamed D’s House in Desiree’s honor.
Athletic director Timothy Nieman says that the nickname has become official, and he’s making a banner with the title.
Desiree, who doesn’t have to worry about walking to class by herself anymore, told TMJ that the boys were “sweet, awesome, kind and amazing.”
According to the Daily Mail, the Kenosha City council has announced that the boys will be given a citizenship award next week, and they are also being considered for the mayor’s youth award.
Watch more of Desiree and her friends’ story below: