Way to go! All football players should stop bullying then they become the heroes off the field too.
When I was in high school, the entire athletic department made an agreement to attend each other sports. Soon all the games were packed with fans not just football and basketball. As the athletes/cool kids attracted others to attend the games. With the fan support, all of our teams performed better. Leadership is contagious.
Athletes need to realize they are the influences and can have a super positive impact on the school and their fellow students.
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WATCH: Football team stands up against bullying
Queen Creek High School football players stood up to bullies who were throwing trash at a freshman who has a rare brain disorder
(Cameron Smith | Prep Rally) Chy Johnson is a freshman at Queen Creek (Ariz.) High who happens to have a brain disorder. She is the prototypical outsider new girl on campus, the easiest teen to pick on and the last to be able to stand up for herself. Right on cue, no sooner had Johnson enrolled at Queen Creek than she began being the victim of nasty bullying from a wide variety of fellow Queen Creek students, some of whom allegedly even threw trash at the 16 year old.
The bullying incidents got so bad that Johnson’s mother reached out to the one teen at the school with whom she had a social connection through a friend, a senior named Carson Jones. As it turns out, Jones is also the starting quarterback for the Queen Creek football team, a good looking one at that. In short, he is the apex of cool at Queen Creek.
As first reported by AZFamily.com, all Johnson’s mother wanted was to know the name of the girls who were bullying her daughter. Instead, Jones decided to take it upon himself to protect the freshman, eating lunch with her every day and ensuring that she was protected by a phalanx of other football players when she walked through the hall.
“They’re not mean to me, because all my boys love me,” Chy told AZFamily. “So much.”
Chy’s “boys” form a solid core of the Queen Creek football team, and they have successfully kept those who would target the special needs student away. Jones doesn’t completely understand why or how it has happened, but it has.
“They’re not bullying her anymore because they’ve seen her with us or something,” Jones told AZFamily.
For their part, Jones and his teammates say that they’re getting just as much out of the relationship as Johnson is, too.
“It feels good to know that we helped someone else, because you know, we’re doing good, everything for us is going well, but someone else needs to feel good, too,” Queen Creek senior Tucker Workman told AZFamily.