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'Band of Brothers' Rally Around Bullied Boy

When Danny Keefe was born, his parents were told he would be severely handicapped both physically and mentally due to a serious brain hemorrhage. But the dapper little boy with the... More When Danny Keefe was born, his parents were told he would be severely handicapped both physically and mentally due to a serious brain hemorrhage. But the dapper little boy with the infectious smile and indomitable spirit defied those predictions, the Enterprise reported. The Massachusetts kindergartner is the official water coach for the Bridgewater Badgers Div. 5 Peewees, and cuts quite a figure on the sidelines with his suit and fedora. And he’s forged an unbreakable bond with the boys on the team, his parents said. So, when the quarterback, Tommy Cooney, heard Danny was getting picked on because of the way he speaks, he took it upon himself to do something about it. The 11-year-old Williams Intermediate School fifth-grader decided to wear a suit to school just like Danny in a show of support for his young friend. “He’s such a good person. He doesn’t let it bother him. He goes on with his day. He’s a 6-year-old kid. We should all respect that,” said Tommy, whose father, Tom, is the team’s head coach. Tommy told his fellow Badgers about “Danny Appreciation Day” and they all thought it was a great idea, including Danny’s older brother Tim, 10, who plays on the team. This week more than 40 students from Mitchell and Williams crowded around the little boy with the winning personality in the Williams library cheering “Danny, Danny.” “This is the best day ever,” Danny said, beaming. Danny’s mother said Danny has regularly been teased at the playground and elsewhere. Kids have pulled his hat down and called him demeaning names. Many of the boys became emotional as they spoke about Danny getting picked on. Danny’s father, Mark Keefe, an assistant coach for the Badgers, said the head coach and older boys have taken Danny under their wing in a remarkable way. They let him run out onto the field with them and include him in all their activities. “He feels so loved and protected,” Danny’s mother, Jennifer Keefe, said. Jimmy Peterson, 11, put it this way: “The coach calls us a band of brothers. He’s one of us.” Nicholas Lambert, 10, said: “We’re all human and all the same. We’re all created equal.” Brett Jackson, 10, said: “Whenever I see the big, huge smile on his face, it makes my day. He keeps his head high.” Less

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