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High school football players protect special needs girl from bullies

An Arizona high school quarterback who protected a fellow student from bullies was in Provo Wednesday to be honored for his actions.

After witnessing Chy Johnson, a student with special, needs be bullied day after day, Carson Jones got the entire Queen Creek High School football team to rally behind the girl. Johnson's brain works at a third-grade level due to a genetic birth defect, and fellow students regularly pushed her in the halls or threw trash at her.

"She'd come home crying, saying that she really didn't have any friends, and that people were bullying her," Jones said.

Liz Johnson, Chy's mother, said she got nowhere with teachers and administrators, so she decided to turn to Jones, who once escorted Chy to the special Olympics. Johnson asked Jones to simply get her the names of some of the bullies. Instead, he asked Chy to sit with him every day at lunch.

"I just thought that if they saw her with us every day, maybe they'd start treating her better," he told ESPN. "Telling on kids would've just caused more problems."

Instead, the Queen Creek football team became a powerful group of friends, protecting Chy from bullies and gaining a No. 1 fan.

"I call them my boys," Chy said.

The group traveled to Provo to be honored by Brigham Young University with a service award. Their actions have not only impacted their lives for the better, but Queen Creek High School has changed as well.

"Everyone kind of realizes that this is the way to go, and not bullying because there's better consequences when you're nice to everyone than when you're not," Jones said.

The team recently cheered Chy on as she competed in the Special Olympics, and those who aren't graduating plan to continue their friendship next year.

I figured we needed some feel good news. 

 
LostSoul88

Asked by LostSoul88 at 9:12 AM on Feb. 28, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Heres another good story. Kinda similar. It made me tear up a little! Dont know how to make clicky.

    http://www.viddler.com/embed/70d1d214/?f=1&offset=0&autoplay=0&secret=48017121&disablebranding=0
    Lobelia

    Answer by Lobelia at 9:23 AM on Feb. 28, 2013

  • Love this story. Thanks for posting.
    RyansMom001

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 9:14 AM on Feb. 28, 2013

  • You just made my day, His parents should be very proud of him!
    jerseydiva

    Answer by jerseydiva at 9:25 AM on Feb. 28, 2013

  • Wish the news would realize that stories like these ARE news. Why must the news always be bad? Put one good one out there for every bad one and maybe they'd realize that there's a lot of good news.
    baconbits

    Answer by baconbits at 9:35 AM on Feb. 28, 2013

  • Great story! Thanks for sharing!
    m-avi

    Answer by m-avi at 9:13 AM on Feb. 28, 2013

  • Love the story. thanks for sharing.
    virginiamama71

    Answer by virginiamama71 at 9:35 AM on Feb. 28, 2013

  • It's nice when you read about someone doing the right thing. Thanks for sharing.
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:40 AM on Feb. 28, 2013

  • :)
    josiesmommy00

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 9:41 AM on Feb. 28, 2013

  • This is awesome. :)
    ABeaverhausen

    Answer by ABeaverhausen at 10:00 AM on Feb. 28, 2013

  • Very awesome!!!
    pinkdragon36

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 10:24 AM on Feb. 28, 2013