In the movies I watched growing up, the homecoming kings and queens were always major assholes whom everyone feared and loathed, yet loved. In real-life Unionville, Tennessee, that's just not the case. The three nominees for homecoming king at Community High School banned together and decided that no matter who wins, they were to hand over the crown and the honor to Scotty Maloney, a student with a genetic disorder called Williams Syndrome.
Three high school jocks doing something sweet, selfless, and caring? What's the catch?
Believe it or not, there isn't one. Scotty's evidently extremely friendly and warm (as are most people with Williams Syndrome) and the students say he brightens everyone's day. The homecoming nominees wanted to make sure Scotty felt the love right back, and it sounds like their move was a success.
When Scotty's name was called as the winner of the homecoming king, his jaw drops and apparently there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
I don't know what they put in the water at Community High, but these three gentlemen, along with the entire student body, seem like exceptional teenagers who rise to the challenge when it comes to making others feel included and welcome. When many high school cultures are based on exclusion and hierarchies, it's refreshing to hear that there are some based on decency and democracy.
It's not the first time we've heard of a disabled student being crowned homecoming king or queen (a fact that's encouraging), and hopefully, this won't be the last.
If this keeps up, who knows, maybe teen movies in the future will have new material to work with.
What do you think?
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