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Team Confronts Kids Bullying Cheerleader with Down Syndrome

The Short of It

Middle-school basketball players in Lincoln, Wis., stood up to bullies in support of Desiree Andrews, a cheerleader who has Down Syndrome. Now, she's practically the most popular kid in school.

The Lowdown

According to TV Channel WTMJ4, when kids in the crowd of a basketball game began teasing Desiree, Lincoln players walked off the court and told them to stop. Now the gym has been nicknamed D's house after Desiree, and the season has ended with chants of "Who's house? D's house!"

Desiree's dad Cliff Andrews says his daughter wanted to start cheerleading after watching "Glee."

"They have a character with Down Syndrome who is a cheerleader," he told Kenosha News. "And she said, 'If she can be a cheerleader, I can be a cheerleader.'"

Since the bullying incident, Desiree never walks to class alone—classmates escort her—and players wear T-shirts that say "D's House" in her honor.

The Upshot

This heartwarming story breaks all stereotypes of what middle-schoolers are like. Everyone can learn a thing or two about inclusion and kindness from these kids.

"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," Scooter Terrien, one of the basketball players who stood up for Desiree, told WTMJ4.

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