The harassment would not be tolerated any longer.
What three teenage basketball players did for one of their team’s cheerleaders is bringing tears to people’s eyes all throughout the nation, according to NBC News. Taking action to defend someone who was being ridiculed resulted into a valuable lesson that we should all take note of.
Many kids find high school to be a difficult experience. Everyone has been there and done that, and we are all aware that concerns such as bullying are constantly there, and it seems that school administrators aren’t doing anything to put a stop to such conduct and safeguard the victims.
Instead of standing up for their buddy, kids took the initiative to let everyone know that bullying was not something they would allow.
During a basketball game, three Lincoln Middle School students, Miles Rodriguez, Chase Vasquez, and Scooter Terrien, saw some opposing supporters making fun of one of the cheerleaders, a girl named Desiree Andrews. They immediately intervened and reported the incident to the authorities. This infuriated the three teenagers, who decided to call a halt to the game and ensure that no one targeted their buddy Desiree, who goes by the initial “D” and has Down syndrome.
“The kids in the crowd started picking on D, so we all came forward,” Chase said in response to the incident, according to a Milwaukee-area news site.
The whole team called a timeout and walked off the field as soon as they realized what their teammates had done.
“We were completely out of our minds. That didn’t sit well with us. “We requested our sports director to speak to the crowd and warn them not to make fun of her,” Miles, who was 14 at the time, remembered. “We were very upset about it.”
Desiree is a fantastic cheerleader who is always willing to offer high-fives and fist-bumps to the athletes as a show of support and encouragement.
Following the appearance of a cheerleader with Down Syndrome on her favorite television program, “Glee,” this charming young lady fell in love with the notion of becoming a cheerleader.
After learning what the players had done for his daughter and how they protected her, D’s father, Cliff Andrews, couldn’t keep the tears from streaming down his cheeks. He went on to describe how the program affected D’s choice to join the cheerleading and how it enhanced her self-esteem. She, on the other hand, expressed gratitude to the lads for their “kind, kind, great, and amazing” actions on her behalf.
Since the event, the lads have taken turns walking D to and from class to ensure that she is safe.
The school feels that the boys’ extraordinary effort has had such a deep impact on the community that bullying has almost totally disappeared and that everyone is speaking out about inclusiveness and performing good deeds. Many kids from all around the nation were inspired by this narrative to become better people and to show respect for their peers.
Lincoln Middle School went above and above and accomplished something that deserves all of the accolades. They called the gym ‘D’s House’ after Desiree, who was a sweetheart, and the name serves as a symbol of friendship.
Because of the gesture, Athletic Director Timothy Nieman displayed a banner with the new title and expressed his gratitude by saying, “This is what standing up, being a real team, not just a basketball team, but a team of people who are going to support someone”