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Fifth-graders team up to stop bullying of classmate

November 30, 2013 9:10:13 AM PST
It's an important lesson in brotherhood: a group of fifth-grade football players rallying around a 6-year old boy who was being buillied.

6-year old Danny Keefe is a first-grader in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and water boy for the Williams School 5th grad football team.

Danny is the most dapper kindergartener you will ever see. He always wears a tie and jacket.

He has speech issues as a result of being born with a speech disorder, and a few other kids have been teasing him.

When his older teammates heard about it, the team dressed up like Danny to show they don't approve.

"We didn't want him to keep getting picked on, so maybe if we wore our suits they would stop picking on him," said fifth-grader Jack Morgan.

45 teammates dressed up in suits and ties, rallying around Danny: a true band of brothers.

"When we heard that some kids had been teasing Danny we decided to dress up to show that we love him very much," said quarterback Tommy Cooney.

"Everybody is cheering him and everybody loves him," said Danny's sister Emily.

Tommy's parents are grateful for the support in the tight-knit community.

"When you see other kids looking up to him, looking out for him and making sure he's OK, they always have his back," said Danny's dad.

Danny suffered a brain hemorrhage after he was born. Years of speech therapy has helped, and so did his teammates' support.

"Last night after a very emotional day Danny went to bed crying. I said what's the matter, and he said he was feeling very loved. That's my wish for him every night," said his mom Jennifer.

Danny was named honorary team captain for the Bridgewater football team in their Thanksgiving game against Brockton.


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