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(MLive.com)   Students elect girl with Down Syndrome to be their Homecoming Queen. Vote counters say they haven't seen down voting like this since a Gawker article was submitted to Reddit   (mlive.com) divider line 51
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2012-10-19 10:35:22 AM  
So you're saying their not down with it?


/hey, admins greened this, not me
 
2012-10-19 11:22:03 AM  
What was the vote count? Potato?
 
2012-10-19 11:48:50 AM  

Indolent: What was the vote count? Potato?


Can she count to ...

(dammit, 2nd comment in)
 
2012-10-19 11:50:01 AM  

Indolent: What was the vote count? Potato?


I chuckled...

/ticket please...
 
2012-10-19 11:51:08 AM  
So how are they going to split up the movie rights?
 
2012-10-19 11:52:25 AM  
Kinda restores your faith in teenagers, ever so slightly. Big kudos to the homecoming king too, I'm kinda surprised he didn't pout and complain about it or something.
 
2012-10-19 11:53:02 AM  
this is awesome
 
2012-10-19 11:53:19 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

I'm guessing she had a bunny but doesn't have a bunny anymore
 
2012-10-19 11:53:27 AM  
No troll: My highschool class elected a mildly retarded kid (not visibly retarded, but was in special classes and so forth) as best looking. Except it wasn't done to be nice, it was malicious. On top of being not all there, the kid was a bit of a dick to everyone and just acted strange in general. He had no friends, except maybe some of the other kids in the special classes.

He didn't even pose for the picture, and in the yearbook it shows the girl (some cheerleader skank) by herself with the caption "GirlName Here, MaleName not pictured."

It's baffling to me this day why the school admin allowed it and didn't just go with the second highest pick or something.
 
2012-10-19 11:53:40 AM  
weknowmemes.com
 
2012-10-19 11:54:29 AM  
 
2012-10-19 11:56:23 AM  
i24.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-19 11:57:58 AM  
I have been rendered snarkless by this one.

(mainly because counting to potato was taken. But still. Cool story, bro.)
 
2012-10-19 11:57:58 AM  
sharetv.org
 
2012-10-19 11:58:27 AM  
Annddd,, in just a couple of weeks, potato vote counting IRL.

Your choice of 2 retards writ and performed on the big stage of American Politics.
 
2012-10-19 11:59:07 AM  
500motivators.com
 
2012-10-19 11:59:26 AM  
It's a cruel prank. I hope she goes all Carrie on them
 
2012-10-19 12:03:09 PM  
It's heartwarming to see these fine young people coming together to help this girl to keep her chin up.
 
2012-10-19 12:04:03 PM  
FTA: "They were saying, 'We didn't nominate her because she has Down Syndrome. We nominated her because she's the nicest person in our class,' " Milan said. "It's nice that they look away from the disability and see her as a real person."

Sorry, as much as i want to, I'm not buying it. If the girl with Down Syndrome wasn't there, then the winner would've been the cattiest biatchiest popular girl in the school. It's never a "nicest person award."
 
2012-10-19 12:04:15 PM  
Oh, c'mon... I know this is Fark and all, but this is a case where people did something nice for a change. And they brought a smile to a girl's face that wouldn't have had one otherwise.

CSB - and this happened yesterday: (And this is 100% true)
My wife has wanted to meet John Taylor (Duran Duran) forever. So come hell or high water, I was going to get her there. That's what brought me to the book store where he was doing a signing. That's the first part.
We have a friend who lives in the area, but couldn't meet us because her friend is dying of cancer.

Right. Got all of this?

So, I'm standing there with my son, because he has to go to the can. And I'm joking with this woman in a wheelchair. I actually had her laughing her ass off. I come to find out later that night that the woman in the wheelchair was the friend dying of cancer. Her final wish was to get to that book signing.

All I could say afterward was, "Okay, I didn't know who she was. She's a person. And she was friendly, and we had a good laugh."

Sometimes it really does mean something to just be cool to people.
 
2012-10-19 12:07:17 PM  
Seriously though, good for them. That's super-sweet

And the Reddit/Gawker thing, I just got caught up on that last night, actually. What a bunch of petulant jackasses redditors are being. Way to defend free speech by trying to squelch free speech, guys. Brilliant.

/and I'm now the proud owner Violentacrez login on Gawker, so I've got that going for me, which is nice. Haven't really figured out how to use it yet
 
2012-10-19 12:09:11 PM  
Gees, I create a few sketchy subreddits and Gawker goes all Doxxy on me.

Oh well. Guess I'll spend all my time on Fark.

/SRSly
 
2012-10-19 12:11:13 PM  
They should have put this picture in the article more times and stretched it out in different ways.

media.mlive.com 

media.mlive.com

media.mlive.com
 
2012-10-19 12:15:07 PM  

Sock Ruh Tease: They should have put this picture in the article more times and stretched it out in different ways.

[media.mlive.com image 380x360] 

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So... you think he nails her at the end of the night? Gets her to go down on him?
 
2012-10-19 12:15:34 PM  
If this is truly a case of kindness and not just high schoolers trolling with their voting, I'll be amazed.
 
2012-10-19 12:18:23 PM  

cheezitmojo: If this is truly a case of kindness and not just high schoolers trolling with their voting, I'll be amazed.


Knowing how kids can be at that age, I'm gonna think that it's 80% trolling, 17% of what the majority was saying because 'there's the hot girl/guy', and the 3% that did it out of kindness.
 
2012-10-19 12:20:16 PM  
Great headline, subby. Best of the year so far IMO
 
2012-10-19 12:20:33 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Sock Ruh Tease: They should have put this picture in the article more times and stretched it out in different ways.

[media.mlive.com image 380x360] 

[media.mlive.com image 190x360]

[media.mlive.com image 380x180]

So... you think he nails her at the end of the night? Gets her to go downs on him?


FTFY
/window seat.
 
2012-10-19 12:21:51 PM  

cheezitmojo: If this is truly a case of kindness and not just high schoolers trolling with their voting, I'll be amazed.


The bucket of pig blood got stuck.
 
2012-10-19 12:28:39 PM  

Sock Ruh Tease: They should have put this picture in the article


Dawwww she looks so happy to be there, I can't say anything bad now. Congrats!

/ Someone stole my potato joke
 
2012-10-19 12:28:41 PM  

cheezitmojo: If this is truly a case of kindness and not just high schoolers trolling with their voting, I'll be amazed.


Be amazed, I guess.


"Everybody knows her and she's so charismatic," said Khelsea Younker, a Gull Lake senior and one of the Alex's close friends. "She's always trying to cheer people up."

But Alex doesn't fit the typical profile of a popular high school girl: The 18-year-old senior has Down Syndrome and spends part of her school day in a special-education classroom.

Yet since sixth grade, when Alex transferred to Gull Lake Community Schools from Delton Kellogg, her classmates have surrounded her with support and affection.

"Sixth grade is a tough time for kids, especially those with special needs," said Jodie Milan, Alex's mother. "But these kids have really stepped up to the plate."

In fact, by all accounts, Alex has had a fairly conventional high school experience, right down to several boys who always make sure she has a date to a school dance, Jodie Milan said.


If it's a troll, it's a extremely long, drawn out troll.

Good on the kids, and honestly, the Queen too.


"They were saying, 'We didn't nominate her because she has Down Syndrome. We nominated her because she's the nicest person in our class,' " Milan said. "It's nice that they look away from the disability and see her as a real person."


/awesome on all counts
//way to keep it real, kids
 
2012-10-19 12:34:07 PM  

Karma Curmudgeon: and I'm now the proud owner Violentacrez login on Gawker, so I've got that going for me, which is nice. Haven't really figured out how to use it yet


plead the fifth.

(or first)
 
2012-10-19 12:35:38 PM  
My question I pose to you guys is what criteria would you use if there were two girls with Down Syndrome that wanted to be Homecoming Queen??
 
2012-10-19 12:37:52 PM  

Tornado of Zoo Animals: My question I pose to you guys is what criteria would you use if there were two girls with Down Syndrome that wanted to be Homecoming Queen??


Thunderdome.
 
2012-10-19 12:42:06 PM  

Indolent: What was the vote count? Potato?


Dude, why be such a downer with a comment like that?
 
2012-10-19 12:42:09 PM  
This is the same school that gave Lucas that letter man's jacket.
 
2012-10-19 12:44:38 PM  
media-cache-lt0.pinterest.com
 
2012-10-19 12:55:04 PM  

Tornado of Zoo Animals: My question I pose to you guys is what criteria would you use if there were two girls with Down Syndrome that wanted to be Homecoming Queen??


www.dailyrumpypumpy.com
Two chicks at the same time?
 
2012-10-19 01:19:51 PM  
Carrie did not take her loss so well...
cdn.pastemagazine.com
 
2012-10-19 01:21:31 PM  
today, homecoming queen. tomorrow? Downistie!
 
2012-10-19 01:28:11 PM  
Kids these days.

/You may use my lawn.
 
2012-10-19 01:32:41 PM  
And the home coming king is:

t3.gstatic.com
 
2012-10-19 01:46:24 PM  

topcon: No troll: My highschool class elected a mildly retarded kid (not visibly retarded, but was in special classes and so forth) as best looking. Except it wasn't done to be nice, it was malicious. On top of being not all there, the kid was a bit of a dick to everyone and just acted strange in general. He had no friends, except maybe some of the other kids in the special classes.

He didn't even pose for the picture, and in the yearbook it shows the girl (some cheerleader skank) by herself with the caption "GirlName Here, MaleName not pictured."

It's baffling to me this day why the school admin allowed it and didn't just go with the second highest pick or something.


yeesh... for the last time, even if we *had* picked the person with the second highest votes, you still wouldn't have won.

It was high school, he won fair and square, get over it. ;-)
 
2012-10-19 01:52:00 PM  

durbnpoisn: Oh, c'mon... I know this is Fark and all, but this is a case where people did something nice for a change. And they brought a smile to a girl's face that wouldn't have had one otherwise.

CSB - and this happened yesterday: (And this is 100% true)
My wife has wanted to meet John Taylor (Duran Duran) forever. So come hell or high water, I was going to get her there. That's what brought me to the book store where he was doing a signing. That's the first part.
We have a friend who lives in the area, but couldn't meet us because her friend is dying of cancer.

Right. Got all of this?

So, I'm standing there with my son, because he has to go to the can. And I'm joking with this woman in a wheelchair. I actually had her laughing her ass off. I come to find out later that night that the woman in the wheelchair was the friend dying of cancer. Her final wish was to get to that book signing.

All I could say afterward was, "Okay, I didn't know who she was. She's a person. And she was friendly, and we had a good laugh."

Sometimes it really does mean something to just be cool to people.


So you're saying your friend really just ditched you right?
 
2012-10-19 02:26:32 PM  
DTF Syndrome?

Problem?
 
2012-10-19 02:35:59 PM  
Compare this to another story about another high school in Michigan that had a girl nominated for Homecoming Court as a joke. Apparently she was like Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club, and a lot of her classmates conspired to nominate her, but at the end the community turned it around into a happy ending for her.

/ My high school
// glad to see not all high school kids are cruel and thoughtless
 
2012-10-19 03:24:56 PM  
"In fact, by all accounts, Alex has had a fairly conventional high school experience, right down to several boys who always make sure she has a date to a school dance, Jodie Milan said. "

God. Damn. DUST!
 
2012-10-19 06:02:57 PM  
"Them titties ain't retarded." -Dave Atell
 
2012-10-19 06:54:53 PM  
Flo Rida would be singing something about her...
 
2012-10-19 11:06:39 PM  

EZ Writer: DTF Syndrome?

Problem?


Do a little dance, make a little love, get Down's tonight!
 
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