Tenn. Homecoming King Nominees Give Away Crown
Hand it to junior with Williams Syndrome
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2013 9:18 AM CST
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(Newser) – Scotty Maloney, a high school junior in Tennessee, suffers from Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that inhibits learning and speech but also causes extreme friendliness. In fact, Scotty is so deeply liked by his classmates that the three young men nominated for homecoming king together decided to forgo the prize and give the award to Scotty instead, reports ABC News. "I've been blessed with so many things," said Jesse Cooper, one of the nominees. "I just wanted Scotty to experience something great in his high school days."

"He's always happy, so he deserves some recognition for who he is," said Drew Gibbs, another of the nominees. Community High School is known for making an extra effort at accommodating and embracing children with special needs, says a teacher at the Unionville school. "We want people to have more empathy towards people, not be scared of people with disabilities. We want them to embrace them, more like the boys did."

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Jan 31, 2013 11:55 PM CST
Sometimes you find it genuine and sometimes its for some seedy motive. I prefer the school policy that does away with the practice altogether. That's because a popularity contest is how we wound up with Obama and kids need to learn that's no way to pick an effective leader.
Jan 25, 2013 3:43 PM CST
People did this in my high school to the special needs kid to be assholes. I have a feeling their is an ulterior motive behind this, look at that kid on the right.
Jan 25, 2013 1:16 PM CST
Congratulation boys, that was pure class.....:-)