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Cheerleader With Down's Syndrome Ruthlessly Bullied: Then Basketball Players Came To Her Rescue

Date September 17, 2018

Society loves winners. But sometimes, winning isn't everything. These people with Down's syndrome prove that determination is what really matters.

Compassion and support can give them the strength they need. 


We heard Ángeles Barrigo's story recently. This 24-year-old woman with Down's syndrome overcame challenges due to her condition and graduated. There's a stigma in society these days that associates people suffering from the disorder with retardedness and inability. But she clearly proved her doubters wrong.

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Fighting bullying

It's shocking to know that people with Down's syndrome are bullied. However, this story restores our faith in humanity.

Desiree Andrews was cheerleading at a Lincoln Middle School basketball game in Kenosha, Wisconsin, when someone started harassing her because of her condition.

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Faith in humanity: restored!

Eighth-graders Miles Rodriguez, Chase Vazquez, and Scooter Terrien intervened. The basketball players immediately walked off the court and came to her defense. Rodriguez briefly told WTMJ-4 News:

A bunch of us went over the scene and protested, can you guys just stop, that ain't right.

The school’s athletic director honored Desiree's enthusiasm by announcing that he is going to hang up a banner that would rename the school gym to be “D’s House.” According to TV station TMJ-4, the compassionate basketball players received a citizen's award and noble recognition from the city of Kenosha.

How would you have reacted in this situation? Have you ever intervened in a similar moment? Share your story in the comments!

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