Basketball Players Defend Bullied Middle School Cheerleader With Down Syndrome

State   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Mar 13, 2015   |   10:04AM   |   Kenosha, WI

A middle school in Wisconsin has garnered attention from local news stations after members of their basketball team walked off the court at a game because people were bullying one of their cheerleaders. The girl, Desiree Andrews, has Down syndrome and is in the eighth grade at Lincoln Middle School.

According to the Huffington Post, last year some kids in the stands bullied Andrews during a boys’ basketball game. Brandon Morris who was their coach at the time said, “One of the kids stepped up and said, ‘Don’t mess with her. Then all of the guys got together to show her support.’”

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Basketball player Scoter Terrien explained why he stood up for Andrews. He said, “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.” After the incident, Andrews dad said, “Those boys, I tried to talk to them in person, but I couldn’t keep the tears back. The teens support has been a godsend.”

Additionally, the middle school has renamed their gym “D’s House” in Andrew’s honor. Find out more about what the athletes said about Desiree in the video below.