It was a simple gesture but one that spoke volumes.
When high school senior Carson Jones and his varsity football teammates sat down to have lunch with a special needs teen it made it clear that it was uncool to bully her.
The Queen Creek High School student from Arizona went above and beyond to look after Chy Johnson, who was bullied to the point that trash was being thrown at her.
The 16-year-old has a brain disorder called microcephaly, a condition that, among other things, makes her head significantly smaller than average.
"I emailed Carson, told him that Chy was having some issues. Was just wanting some names," the teen’s mom Elizabeth Johnson tells AZFamily.com about contacting Jones, a family friend.
"He took it a step further and went and gathered Chy up at lunch and she’s been eating lunch with him ever since."
With that simple act the bullying stopped.
Jones says: "They’re not bullying her anymore because they’ve seen her with us or something."
Johnson praises the footballers she now calls "my boys."
She says: "They save me because I won’t get hurt again. They’re not mean to me because all my boys love me."
In return, the popular athletes feel they have got something back by helping Johnson who used to go home crying every day.
Jones’ teammate Tucker Workman says: "It feels good to know that we helped someone else because we’re doing good. Everything for us is going well but someone else needs to feel good too."
Meanwhile the Arizona State Legislature is planning to recognize them for their proactive anti-bullying step.