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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 01:42:23 PM  

largedon: 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.


this is commendable.  I applaud your school.
 
2013-09-14 01:42:46 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.


Jesus. If you'd just read TFA from time to time, you'd learn she moonlights as Retarded Wonder Woman. She's only saved the world like a gazillion times.
/Good for her though becoming homecoming princess. It will probably mean a lot more to her than it would to anyone else.
 
2013-09-14 01:42:52 PM  
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"They're all gonna laugh at you"
 
2013-09-14 01:47:25 PM  
This is so patronizing it isn't even funny.
 
2013-09-14 01:47:42 PM  

Riff-Raff: 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.


True, and I think heroism does entail more than just risking your life for someone else, but I also think equating treating people like decent human beings with acts of great valor is kind of depressing.
 
2013-09-14 01:49:11 PM  
Yeah subby, she's a real farking hero.
 
2013-09-14 01:51:13 PM  

houstondragon: 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




*shakes tiny fist*

www.commonstitch.com
 
2013-09-14 01:52:53 PM  

Antagonism: Yeah subby, she's a real farking hero.


I have to agree with you Lieutenant Dan.
 
2013-09-14 01:55:23 PM  
Couldn't help but think of this:

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able-bodied/white guilt is a complex dysfunction.  I always say that my family fought for the north, so black people actually owe me.  Maybe they could shine my shoes?

/Que the hatred to show me that im insensitve.  That makes sense.
 
2013-09-14 01:55:46 PM  

calbert: 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.


Do I have to take a window seat for laughing at this?

*snort*
 
2013-09-14 01:57:29 PM  
I don't have a problem with them electing her to be a homecoming princess. It may very well be that she is a well liked girl at the school. And after all, home coming princess is not much more than a popularity contest. I do have an issue with some of the other things schools and organizations have done for down kids in attempts to make them 'special'. I'm specifically thinking of the kid that scored a touchdown in a high school game. The condescending attitude of the players, even if they did it with the best of intentions, just makes me feel creepy. While we want to believe that the kid never realized that his 'achievement' was simply a staged event, what if he did? How would you feel if you knew that your proudest moment was just something provided by others out of pity? I think down syndrome kids would be better served by being encouraged to succeed at something, no matter how small,on their own. It may not be as thrilling as a football 'touchdown', but it would be real, and they would be rightfully proud of the achievement.
 
2013-09-14 02:06:11 PM  

Lor M. Ipsum: Kimmay!


Flawless Victory.
 
2013-09-14 02:06:24 PM  
Pity gets a hero tag?
 
2013-09-14 02:08:38 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.


I'm sure it helps her to keep her chink up.
 
2013-09-14 02:09:09 PM  

Dinki: I think down syndrome kids would be better served by being encouraged to succeed at something, no matter how small,on their own. It may not be as thrilling as a football 'touchdown', but it would be real, and they would be rightfully proud of the achievement.


this is a much better distillment of my feelings and very well stated.  making this girl a princess simply because she is a down's victim is just more of the "everyone gets a trophy" bullshiat.
 
2013-09-14 02:10:17 PM  
All too often this is just a setup to laugh at them. If this was genuine, though, good for them.
 
2013-09-14 02:11:36 PM  

calbert: 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.


Clear. Concise. Well written.
 
2013-09-14 02:11:54 PM  
Dance monarchies are retarded.
 
2013-09-14 02:13:39 PM  
couldn't all this just be avoided by "Detecting Down's syndrome in the unborn fetus".
/i'm sure she forgot about it while it was still happening.
//i'm sure at some point her genes will continue to pollute the pool.
 
2013-09-14 02:13:48 PM  
I know this is fark and all, but some of yall are being real assholes about this. Just saying.
 
2013-09-14 02:14:14 PM  

frepnog: 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.


I think you need the Force or something to be able to mold another human being, tard or not, using only the power of your mind.
 
2013-09-14 02:15:54 PM  

mafiageek1980: I know this is fark and all, but some of yall are being real assholes about this. Just saying.




More than usual.
 
2013-09-14 02:17:05 PM  
....a lot of people in this thread seem mad that they weren't something as important to civilization as Prom King/Queen.

In my day the Prom Queen had to WORK for her title. Do you know hard it is to blow that many athletes?!?

Seriously though, good on them. Hope she and everyone else had an awesome night.
 
2013-09-14 02:19:02 PM  

Por que tan serioso: I think you need the Force or something to be able to mold another human being, tard or not, using only the power of your mind.


ever had any experience with an abused spouse, or an abused child?  Often the abuse is all mental and psychological.  It can completely change who a person is.

don't be stupid.
 
2013-09-14 02:19:17 PM  

mafiageek1980: I know this is fark and all, but some of yall are being real assholes about this. Just saying.


You sound downy.
 
2013-09-14 02:20:54 PM  

megarian: In my day the Prom Queen had to WORK for her title. Do you know hard it is to blow that many athletes?!?


How do you know this girl DIDN'T do that?
 
2013-09-14 02:22:19 PM  

hardinparamedic: megarian: In my day the Prom Queen had to WORK for her title. Do you know hard it is to blow that many athletes?!?

How do you know this girl DIDN'T do that?


HA!

Okay, okay....ya got me.
 
2013-09-14 02:24:10 PM  

Antagonism: mafiageek1980: I know this is fark and all, but some of yall are being real assholes about this. Just saying.

You sound downy.


Oh wow. I am sooo offended about your attempt at a joke.
 
2013-09-14 02:24:56 PM  

Astorix: mafiageek1980: I know this is fark and all, but some of yall are being real assholes about this. Just saying.

More than usual.


it isn't that.  it is just this - what happens when the next function comes around, and she ISN'T included?  Then she wonders why, after all, I'm Special, they made me princess last time.  And then the next time comes around, and she isn't included and she gets mad.  And then the next time, and the next, and before long you have a bitter little girl that can't understand why people can not recognize her as Special, and before you know it a sweet little girl is transformed into a bitter asshole that hates regular people.

Trust me, regular people get very tired of dealing with the "special", especially when they don't have to.  How many of these people are going to make it a point to remain this girl's friend after school?  My guess is - few.  Regular people move on, have lives, and forget all about that one nite when they let a down's victim feel like part of the group, while she will still be living in that moment, that one moment when everyone cared - and is wondering why no one cares anymore.
 
2013-09-14 02:32:16 PM  
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2013-09-14 02:32:56 PM  
largedon:

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


It was like this at my high school, however it was tough on the school. The school was in a rather well off area compared to the others in the district, so they sent the special needs kids there. We had all sorts of ranges of functioning, from "mildly autistic" to "can do nothing but make squealing noises" There was a family who put a pretty big burden on the school though. To atone for sins, they collected special needs kids like Ash collected Pokemon, and then put the onus of educating them on the local school, which was a school of about 400. Having one family putting in 12 special needs kids along with about a dozen others, all with varying needs was trying to the staff. Not to mention dealing with the constant budget cuts because the schools in poorer areas of the district were the ones that needed enough janitors, lightbulbs, and so on.

The students really stepped up and were good to the kids. Having grown up with the mentally handicapped my life due to my uncle being severely handicapped, it made me proud of my fellow students.
 
2013-09-14 02:34:58 PM  
She wore a rhinestone tiara and carried a dozen long-stemmed potatoes.

Someone had to do it!
 
2013-09-14 02:42:54 PM  

mafiageek1980: Antagonism: mafiageek1980: I know this is fark and all, but some of yall are being real assholes about this. Just saying.

You sound downy.

Oh wow. I am sooo offended about your attempt at a joke.


Don't let fark get you down, man.
 
2013-09-14 02:44:32 PM  

BraveNewCheneyWorld: Pity gets a hero tag?


^ This x1000.
 
2013-09-14 02:47:22 PM  
There's something about this that really feels off to me. I mean sure, it's a nice story, but it seems more like a way for the other kids to feel better about themselves than any real appreciation of this girl as a person. It feels soulless, like the school was doing what they thought inclusive people would do, without really understanding what that means in a broader context.
 
2013-09-14 02:49:55 PM  

Go Fornicate Without a Partner: Couldn't help but think of this:

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able-bodied/white guilt is a complex dysfunction.  I always say that my family fought for the north, so black people actually owe me.  Maybe they could shine my shoes?

/Que the hatred to show me that im insensitve.  That makes sense.



Your post seems oddly appropriate for this thread.
 
2013-09-14 02:54:59 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.


Being retarded doesn't make you a hero.
 
2013-09-14 02:58:55 PM  

hardinparamedic: 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.


That's just like, your own baggage man has nothing to do with this story.  There are some good kids in the world.  Just because you don't believe it does not mean it isn't true.
 
2013-09-14 03:00:20 PM  

hodet: There are some good kids in the world.


and very few of them attend middle\high school.

/just saying.
 
2013-09-14 03:02:33 PM  

MemeSlave: Being retarded doesn't make you a hero.


As you and others have already proven.  But being retarded and not letting other retards bring you down to their level does make you a hero.
 
2013-09-14 03:10:08 PM  

Riff-Raff: But being retarded and not letting other retards bring you down to their level does make you a hero.


does she have the capability to understand that?
 
2013-09-14 03:16:53 PM  
gee, pretend to like her for a day, then go back to treating her like cr*p the other 364 days of the year.  Hero tag?
 
2013-09-14 03:17:07 PM  

frepnog: Riff-Raff: But being retarded and not letting other retards bring you down to their level does make you a hero.

does she have the capability to understand that?


Does it matter?  She is a human being who does not understand what it means to be malicious or cruel.  She enjoys life to its fullest every day, finding joy in things none of us would notice.  Maybe she's the way humanity is supposed to be and the rest of us who are farking up the planet are all one chromosome shy.
 
2013-09-14 03:19:56 PM  

frepnog: 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.


Oh, you mean that that can't happen to normal good-looking girls?


/also came for the Carrie references
//Stephen King was an awesome storyteller. Don't read much of his stuff these days. For a while actually. Pre-Delores Claiborne
 
2013-09-14 03:20:00 PM  
BTW, why are you argueing about what Fark tag this story should have got? Fer Chrissakes, it's a tag for a story on a News Aggregator site, not a presentation of a Purple Heart to the girl. You people are petty.
 
2013-09-14 03:20:35 PM  

Riff-Raff: frepnog: Riff-Raff: But being retarded and not letting other retards bring you down to their level does make you a hero.

does she have the capability to understand that?

Does it matter?  She is a human being who does not understand what it means to be malicious or cruel.  She enjoys life to its fullest every day, finding joy in things none of us would notice.  Maybe she's the way humanity is supposed to be and the rest of us who are farking up the planet are all one chromosome shy.


If that was so, then mankind would have accomplished exactly dick-all in the grand scheme of things.  A race of retarded people would pretty much get nothing done.  The only reason the retarded get anything done NOW is because the able enable it.

Stop hating your own species, dude.  We are capable of great horrors, but we are capable of great things as well, and the great outweigh the horrible.
 
2013-09-14 03:22:07 PM  

Resident Muslim: Oh, you mean that that can't happen to normal good-looking girls?


of course it can, but they know exactly why they are being assholes.
 
2013-09-14 03:32:26 PM  

Resident Muslim: //Stephen King was an awesome storyteller. Don't read much of his stuff these days. For a while actually. Pre-Delores Claiborne


read 11/23/63  It's great
 
2013-09-14 03:32:43 PM  
frepnog: ..  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..

How jaded are you that you think it's simply not possible that her classmates think she's awesome?
 
2013-09-14 03:37:43 PM  

GrahamManning: Freshmen don't get proms anyway, their entire system is flawed


It said homecoming. There is usually a dance.
 
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