Thanks to Lizzie for this. She says:
"Saw your post about the shooter in a Pirates hat. Thought this sighting counteracts that one: despite being being in IL, one of these sweet little boys appears to be wearing a Steelers shirt."
In short, some idiots spray-painted the home of a family that has 4 kids, the 2 boys in the video and 2 girls with Down Syndrome. The mother of the young family describes as such:
"“We live in a small town in Central Illinois and woke one morning in April 2011 to find our home and cars had been spray painted,” says Anne Hollis.
The family had been attacked because her two daughters have Down Syndrome: “RETARDS.” “Get Outta here.” And other unprintables.
“That day changed my life forever.”
But her two sons said they wanted to make a video, to “Speak up for our sisters.”
Meet the Hollis Boys, age 6 and 7.
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After yesterday's post about the Oregon shooter, and then news today of a senseless tragedy in an elementary school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, I've been in a pretty bummed mood. But then 2 boys have the courage to show love to their sisters while completely humiliating the absolute imbeciles who got up the courage to insult little girls.
I, too was part of a family with 2 girls, 2 boys. Thank Jesus none of my siblings had any crippling diseases, meaning I can only imagine the stress on this young family without jerk townies insulting their kids. My 2 sisters were older, I shared a bedroom with them for 3 years before my little brother was born and we moved to a different house. So I have a pretty close bond with my sisters. These 2 boys represent the best in what a brother should be.
The original reason for posting this was because one of the awesome brothers is wearing a Steelers shirt in Illinois, but that all seems so silly now.
Hello, I was just directed to your website. I am the mom of the boys in the video and they are the BIGGEST Steeler fans I know. They can not only talk to you about the current roster, stats and past season, they also have memorized the DVD's we own of all the Steeler Super Bowls and ask me questions about "if Mel Blount played today", or "if Lynn Swan were in the game versus the Browns". I am a Pittsburgh native, but even in Central Il I am raising Pittsburgh fans! Our vacation last summer included a tour of Heinz Field and a day at Steeler Training camp! So I can't wait to show them the very fact that their video was shared on this blog. It will blow their minds. The awareness they were hoping for is happening. However just yesterday Caleb asked me if I thought any of the Steelers had seen it, so now I can tell him there is a good chance. Thank you for your support.