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HS football players band together to protect special needs student from bullies (video)

Nov 7, 2012, 6:57 PM EDT


When high school athletes use their powers for good instead of evil, their story will always have a place here. We take you now to Queen Creek High School in Arizona (just outside of Phoenix). Chy Johnson, a 16-year-old sophomore, was having trouble with bullies at school — some taunted her, and on at least one occasion someone threw trash at her. Her mom said that Chy would come home crying every day. Chy has a brain disorder and gets teased a lot because she’s different.

So Chy’s mom turned to a family friend, Carson Jones, who happens to be the starting quarterback on the varsity football team. Jones got together some of his teammates, and in effect formed a flying wedge to protect their new friend. Now, Chy doesn’t get teased anymore.

“I emailed Carson and told him Chy was having some issues,” Chy’s mom said. “I just wanted names…but he took it a step further and went and gathered her at lunch. And she’s been eating with them ever since!”

From first hour through the end of the day, Chy’s guys from the team make it a point to look after her. And this group’s newfound friendship has changed the high-school game.

“They’re not bullying her anymore because they’ve seen her with us or something,” Jones said.

My favorite part:

“They’re not mean to me, because all my boys love me,” said Chy. “So much.”

I love it when a plan comes together.

Chy and Carson will be acknowledged by the Arizona State Legislature early next year for their anti-bullying efforts.

H/T to the great Larry Brown Sports.