Children with disabilities often have a harder time adjusting into daily life than many other children their age. However, this doesn’t stop many of them from trying their best each and every day. When one girl with special needs became prom queen she was blown away by the win! However, things got even more shocking when the prom king decided to do something completely unexpected.
Children with disabilities often have a hard time fitting in with their peers. Because of this, they are often the subject of a lot of bullying. This can be quite traumatizing for any kid, but especially for one with special needs.
19. Special Education
Between 2015 and 2016, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that more than 6.7 million children were enrolled in special education services. The unfortunate reality is that kids with special needs will be targeted by bullies more and this can really break them down.
18. Psychological Damage
Bullying can be incredibly damaging to a young kid’s psychological makeup. However, despite all of the bullying there are still some wonderful stories that remind us that there are still great people out in this world. This happens to be one of those stories.
Meghan Bailey is a 17-year-old girl who attends school at Douglas County High School. Meghan was born with Cerebral Palsy and that has greatly impacted her life. Due to her condition, Meghan has been unable to speak.
Every school year, high school’s around the U.S. host an annual homecoming event. Usually at these homecoming events, the students vote for a homecoming king and queen amongst the student body. It seems that this year, Meghan got quite blessed!
15. The Queen
This year, Meghan was crowned the Homecoming Queen at her high school. As you can imagine, the young teenage girl was beyond excited about being crowned the queen. However, she was even more excited about standing next to the homecoming king!
14. Homecoming King
A fellow senior by the name of Brad Cooley was crowned the Homecoming King alongside Meghan. The two of them posed for photos together as everyone cheered them on. Meghan was super excited about her win and was smiling from ear to ear!
13. Not Right
However, as Brad Cooley posed for photos with Meghan, he felt like something wasn’t right. That’s when Brad decided to something incredibly unexpected. No one understood why he was doing it…
12. Stepping Down
After being crowned the homecoming king, Brad immediately decided to step down. He removed his crown and his sash in front of the everyone. Everyone was shocked by this sudden decision until they realized why he was doing it.
11. 12 Years Ago
It all starts to make sense when you take into consideration a 12-year-old friendship between Meghan and her best friend, Ian Brennan. Ian happens to have Downs Syndrome and he and Meghan have both been friends since they were 5-years-old. It has been a long and beautiful friendship.
10. Lovable Guy
Everyone at school absolutely loves Ian and he is quite popular himself. Since Meghan and Ian had been friends for so long, the two of them had decided to come to the dance together. That’s how Brad was able to track down Ian so easily.
9. Crowing Someone Else
Brad felt undeserving of the title of homecoming king. He felt that there was actually someone else that deserved it much more. That’s why when he finally found Ian he decided to crown him homecoming king instead.
8. Better Deserved
“Something didn’t feel right to me, it didn’t feel like I was the one who was supposed to have it. There was just something in me that was like, I just felt like it would be better deserved for someone else,” Brad explained.
7. In Tears
Meghan’s mom Heidi Bailey was practically in tears when she found out the sweet gesture that Brad had done. In fact, everyone was so blown away by Brad’s kindness in that moment. “It was amazing to have just the sweetness of sharing that moment, it was really amazing,” Heidi explained.
6. Stunned Father
Ian’s father, Jim, couldn’t believe just how kind Brad had been to his son. He was absolutely stunned by the young man’s sweet gesture. “It was really overwhelming, so it is a very, very special, it was a special night and a special memory and we’re going to hold on to that one,” Jim said.
5. Perfect Timing
Brad’s sweet gesture also couldn’t have come at a better time. The Brennan family had been going through a tough time after Ian’s mom passed away after a battle with liver cancer. Ian’s mother adored her son and she would have loved to see him get crowned.
“She was my hero before she was diagnosed. Yeah she was, yep, she was and she still is and our hope now is that with the help of a whole team of other people the work that she did and just make the world a better place not just for Ian, but for everybody.”
Ian was beyond thrilled when he found out that he had been crowned homecoming king. He was especially happy that he could share in the moment with his best friend in the world!
2. Wonderful Moment
Meghan and Ian then began to stand and pose for photos. The two of them were so happy to be the school’s homecoming king and queen. The crowning of both of them was truly a moment that neither of them will forget.
1. Brad’s Kindness
It was a truly kind gesture for Brad to go out of his way to step down as king. In turn, he managed to make not one, but two people very very happy! It truly is a refreshing moment to see a young teenage boy be so king and thoughtful.