A bullied student caught the attention of several members of the Lincoln Middle School basketball team in Kenosha, Wisconsin, bringing the game to a halt.
Desiree Andrews is an eighth-grader with Down Syndrome, and is a member of the school’s cheer squad. The incident took place during a basketball game when students in the crowd made fun of her as she cheered for the team, KFOR reported.
When some of the players heard what was being said about Andrews, they decided to put an end to it. Players Chase Vazquez, Scooter Terrien and Miles Rodriguez stopped the game and walked off the court to confront the bullies.
The boys told the bullies to stop, telling them “that’s not right.”
“When I heard they were talking about her like, it kind of made me mad,” Rodriguez told WTMJ.
“It’s not fair when other people get treated wrong because we’re all the same,’ said Rodriquez’s teammate, Terrien. “We’re all created the same. God made us the same way.”
The boys will receive a citizenship award from the city of Kenosha, and may be considered for a mayor’s youth award.
The boys are now good friends with Andrews, and always accompany her to class so she never has to walk alone.
The team has also now dedicated the school’s gymnasium to Andrews, calling it “Dee’s House.” Lincoln Middle School’s athletic director, Timothy Neiman, told reporters that he plans to make a banner, so that the gym can officially keep the new title.