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Basketball Players Stop Mid-Game to Defend Bullied Cheerleader

March 13, 2015

Three middle school basketball players took a stand against bullying when they heard one of their cheerleaders with down syndrome was the target, WTMJ reported.

Desiree Andrews is a middle school cheerleader at Lincoln Middle school in Wisconsin, who endured bullying and derogatory words thrown her way during a school basketball game. In response, Chase Vazquez, Scooter Terrien and Miles Rodriguez walked off the court in the middle of the game to address the bullying. 

“So when I heard they were talking about her like, it kind of like made me mad,"  Rodriguez told WTMJ.

The team re-named the gym "Dee's House" in her honor.

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