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(WISHTV)   High school freshman girl with Down Syndrome voted homecoming princess by rest of her school. Tag is for both Kimmy and the students who voted for her   (wishtv.com) divider line 157
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2013-09-14 12:11:17 PM
Kimmay!
 
2013-09-14 12:50:25 PM
on the one hand, cool for giving a person a nice nite.

on the other...

STOP DOING THIS shiat.  IT HELPS NO ONE.
 
2013-09-14 12:50:25 PM

Lor M. Ipsum: Kimmay!


Roger that, we're all done here.  Nothing else to see, citizens, move along.
 
2013-09-14 12:51:06 PM
Glee did it.
 
2013-09-14 12:52:35 PM

frepnog: on the one hand, cool for giving a person a nice nite.

on the other...

STOP DOING THIS shiat.  IT HELPS NO ONE.


It doesn't? you don't think the other students helped the girl have a great evening and feel like she belonged?
 
2013-09-14 12:53:15 PM

frepnog: on the one hand, cool for giving a person a nice nite.

on the other...

STOP DOING THIS shiat.  IT HELPS NO ONE.


No need to be so down on this sort of thing.
 
2013-09-14 12:53:30 PM
Haha, I worked at a place where everybody voted the biggest loser, or someone who was already fired, as the "employee of the year." I imagine this is something like that. Because high school kids aren't really good at empathy or compassion.
 
2013-09-14 12:53:39 PM

Hankie Fest: Glee did it.


With Helen Mirren doing the character's interior monologue, even.
 
2013-09-14 12:54:16 PM
Then they dumped pig's blood on her right?
 
2013-09-14 12:54:51 PM

frepnog: on the one hand, cool for giving a person a nice nite.

on the other...

STOP DOING THIS shiat.  IT HELPS NO ONE.


This.
 
2013-09-14 12:55:10 PM
I don't know if the school policy should allow them to reward a stufent's tardiness.

/Kidding!
//Grats to the kids not being jerks
 
2013-09-14 12:55:15 PM
I wonder if they actually did this as a joke, and are playing it off as something nice.

A few years ago there was a school in Middle Mississippi that did this to a girl with Downs syndrome, and it was all just a big laugh at her expense.
 
2013-09-14 12:55:43 PM
Everyone get a trophy!
 
2013-09-14 12:56:05 PM
[some picture from carrie]
 
2013-09-14 12:57:18 PM
Just when I thought I had started to find a LITTLE faith in humanity, I read the fark comments.
 
2013-09-14 12:57:38 PM
RTFA.  The cheerleaders helped her get ready for prom.  They were nice to her.

Shockingly, not all people are the assholes you were when you were in school.
 
2013-09-14 12:57:56 PM
This helps no one? It also doesn't hurt anyone. It's a nice gesture that makes a great memory for that girl.
 
2013-09-14 12:58:42 PM
Does she have a date?

If so, think she'll go downs on him?
 
2013-09-14 12:58:56 PM

hardinparamedic: I wonder if they actually did this as a joke, and are playing it off as something nice.

A few years ago there was a school in Middle Mississippi that did this to a girl with Downs syndrome, and it was all just a big laugh at her expense.


Kids are vicious.  That cheerleader who said "we have a class together and she's just great. She brightens my day everyday," is probably a total mean girl and is overcompensating for some previous wrongdoing (or series of them).
 
2013-09-14 01:01:10 PM

skinink: This helps no one? It also doesn't hurt anyone. It's a nice gesture that makes a great memory for that girl.


...and black people should be hired because they're black, Mexicans should be allowed citizenship because their country sucks and the poor should be given money and food because they're lazy!

Yay for 'Murka!!!
 
2013-09-14 01:01:45 PM

Kit Fister: Just when I thought I had started to find a LITTLE faith in humanity, I read the fark comments.


No. Some of us have learned that teenagers are satan incarnate, and never as benevolent as the media would have us to believe.

It's not a glass half full or empty kind of thing. It's the glass is completely empty, and has the crust from the last person who had it still on the rim.
 
2013-09-14 01:01:47 PM
Freshmen don't get proms anyway, their entire system is flawed
 
2013-09-14 01:03:27 PM
Why do we do this? it's demeaning, and they're only winning because they have a birth defect. It's pretty sick, imho.
 
2013-09-14 01:04:39 PM
Good for her and all, but how is she a hero?  Did she overcome adversity and pull a family from a burning building or something?
 
2013-09-14 01:04:56 PM

skinink: This helps no one? It also doesn't hurt anyone. It's a nice gesture that makes a great memory for that girl.


the problem is that she is a down's victim.  her memory will be that she is special, that she deserves special treatment, that people think she is awesome.  That is just not reality, and she will not be able to deal with it like a normal person when the reality of what her life likely will be will set in - or she will continue to live her life in that one moment and never move past it.

Be nice to her.  Be her friend. Be genuine.

But being genuine is not making her homecoming queen, pretending she is truly special, and making her feel like she is more than she is.  This SEEMS like a great idea, but trust me - it will do more harm than any good, and was mostly done for the people that are not her "LOOK HOW NICE WE ARE!  WE MADE THIS TARD HOMECOMING QUEEN!"  Which is exactly what they are actually thinking, because people are selfish assholes.

You ever see the Family Guy episode when Chris asks out the Down's girl, and what an ass she is?  That was closer to reality than you think.  Doing stuff like this is exactly what turns a sweet Down's girl into an entitled asshole that doesn't know any better because as a Down's victim she doesn't have the skills to cope with it.
 
2013-09-14 01:05:03 PM
While it was very nice that she got voted Homecoming Princess, there's nothing heroic about this story.  It's heartwarming sure, but that doesn't mean these kids did something awe-inspiring or life-saving, or that Kimmy is a hero for winning a popularity contest.  As an aside, it sucks that teenagers not acting like assholes to one another warrants a news article.  I went to high school with a young lady who had Down's syndrome and the Chicago Tribune didn't write any stories about how we treated her like she was just another student, no different than anyone else.
 
2013-09-14 01:05:06 PM

Primerpony: skinink: This helps no one? It also doesn't hurt anyone. It's a nice gesture that makes a great memory for that girl.

...and black people should be hired because they're black, Mexicans should be allowed citizenship because their country sucks and the poor should be given money and food because they're lazy!

Yay for 'Murka!!!


www.troll.me
 
2013-09-14 01:05:22 PM
Why do I keep singing the farking Beatles Obla Di Obla Da?
 
2013-09-14 01:09:32 PM
oh ffs, just take her to Chuck E. Cheese and get her a birthday crown and tell her its homecoming or prom or miss america, it doesn't matter, then all the normal kids can have their real ceremony while she breaks the whac-a-mole game with her retard strength.
 
2013-09-14 01:10:20 PM
I love how any article about the handicapped really brings out the trolls.
 
2013-09-14 01:10:25 PM
I think we need to arrange a Very Special Fark Prom to help some of our folks move past high school and open up their bitter, cold hearts.

/and get them drunk
//and laid
///retarded FARK Prom Party!
 
2013-09-14 01:10:36 PM

Tourney3p0: Good for her and all, but how is she a hero?  Did she overcome adversity and pull a family from a burning building or something?


I've met her.  She overcomes adversity every day of her life and has absolutely no guile, deceipt, hatred, or bitterness in her personality.

Unlike some Farkers, it seems.
 
2013-09-14 01:11:55 PM

Riff-Raff: She overcomes adversity every day of her life and has absolutely no guile, deceipt, hatred, or bitterness in her personality.


keep letting people do bullshiat like elect her homecoming queen.  this will all change.
 
2013-09-14 01:12:24 PM

Astorix: I love how any article about the handicapped really brings out the trolls.


Replaced handicapped with any minority or differing from the norm group. Ironically, it'd bring out the exact same people.
 
2013-09-14 01:12:29 PM
She looks like she's having a good time in this video, riding around in the car, laughing, waving. This sort of story is sweet. Honestly. I'd be skeptical it were middle school, but high schoolers do not necessarily suck.

Incidentally, it's not hard to find stories like this anymore.

/There are worse trends
 
2013-09-14 01:14:57 PM
Let's elect her president next
 
2013-09-14 01:16:34 PM

GrahamManning: Let's elect her president next


Isn't this pretty much how Obama got the job?
 
2013-09-14 01:17:54 PM

GrahamManning: Let's elect her president next


I'm all for that. She'd be several steps up from what we've had leading the country for the past 60 years or so.
 
2013-09-14 01:18:37 PM

GrahamManning: Let's elect her president next


browntweedsociety.files.wordpress.com

Why don't we put her in charge?
 
2013-09-14 01:19:53 PM

Primerpony: GrahamManning: Let's elect her president next

Isn't this pretty much how Obama got the job?


Or Bush depending on your affiliation
 
2013-09-14 01:22:41 PM
Glass was escorted by Clinton Prairie lineman Zane Cook[pictured below] ..
www.wtsp.com


seriously, though, she will be scarred for life by having had something nice done for her?  She wasn't the queen, she was one of the princesses.  She was one of the focal points, not the main one.  If she goes through life with the idea that she is special, likely she will be a nice girl who isn't willing to be stepped on all day long.  Boo hoo.  Girl at work is a higher-functioning down's syndrome woman.  She is pleasant most of the time, but she is like a toddler most others; one track mind.  She goes from point a to point b by the shortest route possible, and it doesn't matter what or who is in her way, she goes over.

/what you wanna bet "Zane" got his reward later that night?
//giggity
 
2013-09-14 01:28:16 PM
Can't a feel good story just be a feel good story? I think this is great, and it sounds like this girl is liked by her peers dispite her disability, a disability that can be ostrisizing. And dispite what some of you are saying, teenagers can be good people, not all of them are jerks.
 
2013-09-14 01:29:04 PM
fark all the haters.  She was probably in her own private Idaho the whole damned night.
 
2013-09-14 01:29:22 PM
Then they were all like, "Now, it's time to get down........syndrome"

/ I keed
 
2013-09-14 01:33:48 PM

Walker: Then they dumped pig's blood on her right?


^This
 
2013-09-14 01:34:00 PM
For the record, I'm not saying anything bad happened here.  I'm glad that she's as loved and respected by her classmates as she is.  I just think the "Spiffy" tag was better-suited to this story than the "Hero" tag.
 
2013-09-14 01:34:40 PM

tetsoushima: fark all the haters.  She was probably in her own private Idaho the whole damned night.


Really don't expect much sympathy from Fark nowadays. Can't imagine what Fark parties must be like. Just a group with too many bitter people mixed in.
 
2013-09-14 01:37:59 PM

Coco LaFemme: For the record, I'm not saying anything bad happened here.  I'm glad that she's as loved and respected by her classmates as she is.  I just think the "Spiffy" tag was better-suited to this story than the "Hero" tag.


(In best scruffy voice) second
 
2013-09-14 01:40:48 PM
Surprised people think the students voted this kid queen as a joke.  We had this same situation at the high school I work at 2 years ago, except the girl was a senior and the students couldn't have been happier that she won.  She was incredibly popular and it seemed that she knew everyone in the school.

At our school, there's been a real push over the last 10 years or so to include the special needs students into the social aspect of the school and not just shove them all in a room in the back of the school and forget about it.  So now most of the special needs kids have a lot of friends in the general ed population.  One of the amazing things is when one of our spec ed kids goes into a gen ed class for a semester.  The other kids will almost fight to sit with them and help them.  This push has removed most of the stigma that used to be associated with the spec ed kids because the gen ed students know and understand them better.  Of course there are a still a few a-holes that make fun of them.

/Special Ed teacher
 
2013-09-14 01:41:49 PM

Coco LaFemme: For the record, I'm not saying anything bad happened here.  I'm glad that she's as loved and respected by her classmates as she is.  I just think the "Spiffy" tag was better-suited to this story than the "Hero" tag.


I considered that when I submitted it.  But given the fact that she attends a "normal" high school and takes "normal" classes with "normal" teenagers, and given that her classmates chose to do this instead of what we would expect "normal" teenagers to do to her, I thought the hero tag more appropriate.  Not all heroes pull kittens from burning houses.
 
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