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When Middle-School Basketball Players Heard Bullying On The Sidelines...

• True Activist

In the midst of a heated basketball game, sounds of bullying directed at a cheerleader with Down syndrome floated across the court. The middle-school players were intensely focused on the game at hand, but knew right then that the abuse directed at cheerleader Desiree Andrews would not be tolerated.

"We walked off the court and went to the bullies and told them to stop because that's not right to be mean to another person," said Miles Rodriguez, one of the athletes.

To Fox & Friends, the athletic director at Lincoln Middle School in Wisconsin stated that 'he was proud of the boys for what they did, as well as Desiree and the other cheerleaders.'

"It truly does take a village to do great things," AD Tim Nieman said.

Brandon Morris, the boys seventh-grade coach at Lincoln, told the Kenosha News station that, "One of the kids stepped up and said, 'Don't mess with her.'"