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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 41
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2013-09-14 12:50:25 PM
9 votes:
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 01:04:56 PM
5 votes:

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 01:40:48 PM
4 votes:
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 01:10:36 PM
4 votes:

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 04:24:16 PM
3 votes:

frepnog: Archae hippy: How jaded are you that you think it's simply not possible that her classmates think she's awesome?

Said this before - when her time at school is done, the amount of people she attended school with that will keep thinking she is awesome will fall to few to none.  I could be wrong - but I am not, and you know it.  They don't think she is "awesome".  They think she is SAD and they make themselves feel good by doing things for her because most people are just not that altruistic - ESPECIALLY middle\high school kids.  Trust me - if it was more acceptable to pull her hair and call her retarded, THAT is what they would be doing - just like it was before the current trend of making the retarded feel "special".  Maybe not be right, but it is what it is, man.  If it was truly selfless - it would never make any headlines, it would just happen.  But no, "LOOKIT US AND HOW NICE WE ARE TO THIS RETARDED GIRL!  AREN'T WE JUST GREAT??"


...damn.  You are seriously the single most bitter, cynical person I've ever met.  I especially love the "I could be wrong - but I am not, and you know it."  No, I DON'T know it.  Every single person with Downs that I've ever met has been a happy, friendly person, and the kids with Downs that I went to school with all had huge social circles because people  genuinely liked them.  We weren't friends with them because we pitied them, we were friends with them because we actually enjoyed their company.  And, shockingly, we stayed friends with them after high school was over.

The fact that it made headlines doesn't mean the kids were looking for headlines.  The local papers sent someone to cover homecoming at my high school every year, because the sports section dedicated a page or two every day to local high school sports.  And I was from Portland, Oregon, which is far larger than Frankfort, Indiana.

Your adamant contention that teenagers as a whole are vile creatures completely incapable of even a glimmer of basic human decency or genuine friendship for the disabled says far more about you than it does about the high schoolers in the article.
2013-09-14 03:17:07 PM
3 votes:

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 01:28:16 PM
3 votes:
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 01:01:10 PM
3 votes:

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 12:57:38 PM
3 votes:
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 12:53:30 PM
3 votes:
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 03:32:43 PM
2 votes:
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 02:32:16 PM
2 votes:
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2013-09-14 02:13:48 PM
2 votes:
I know this is fark and all, but some of yall are being real assholes about this. Just saying.
2013-09-14 02:06:24 PM
2 votes:
Pity gets a hero tag?
2013-09-14 01:41:49 PM
2 votes:

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.
2013-09-14 12:57:18 PM
2 votes:
Just when I thought I had started to find a LITTLE faith in humanity, I read the fark comments.
2013-09-14 12:55:15 PM
2 votes:
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 12:54:51 PM
2 votes:

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 12:54:16 PM
2 votes:
Then they dumped pig's blood on her right?
2013-09-15 12:26:28 PM
1 votes:

tetsoushima: Somebody else said the same thing up thread. I asked them what would have been a better outcome in this situation, which they never got back to me on. Since you're here now, maybe you can answer. What would you have preferred to have happened here?


What I would have preferred? Genetic screenings. But we can't have that because of "You know who else did eugenics?" Let us then look at the case at hand. TFA is rather short on details so I'm just going to make some wild guesses about how I think this went down.

1. The autistic girl has some friends who like her
2. Those friends pity her for what she is and isn't so they want her to have a nice evening (even if they wouldn't describe it like that).
3. They lobby for people to vote for her and people either agree to vote for her out of apathy, amusement, self righteousness or some other reason. But not because they are her friends, because no matter how kind and loving Kimmy is, no way that most of the school considers her a friend in anything other than the facebook meaning of the word.
4. She has a nice night
5. Wakes up the next day and suddenly all those nice people who voted for her still don't care a bit more than they did before

So what should have happened? Her friends should have simply taken her along to the party and have had a nice night by themselves. Kimmy would have had a nice memory of the night with her friends and she'd at least know what she was dealing with. No politics, no snickering, no feel good moments for the other students. Just Kimmy and her friends. Like 90% of the other people at the event. And then, years later, there won't be a Kimmy with an exaggerated view of how people view her but a Kimmy who is more down to earth and aware of her abilities and her shortcomings.
2013-09-14 10:49:12 PM
1 votes:
This thread sure brought out the dicks!
2013-09-14 04:16:45 PM
1 votes:

frepnog: Archae hippy: How jaded are you that you think it's simply not possible that her classmates think she's awesome?

Said this before - when her time at school is done, the amount of people she attended school with that will keep thinking she is awesome will fall to few to none.  I could be wrong - but I am not, and you know it.  They don't think she is "awesome".  They think she is SAD and they make themselves feel good by doing things for her because most people are just not that altruistic - ESPECIALLY middle\high school kids.  Trust me - if it was more acceptable to pull her hair and call her retarded, THAT is what they would be doing - just like it was before the current trend of making the retarded feel "special".  Maybe not be right, but it is what it is, man.  If it was truly selfless - it would never make any headlines, it would just happen.  But no, "LOOKIT US AND HOW NICE WE ARE TO THIS RETARDED GIRL!  AREN'T WE JUST GREAT??"


Which is more important, giving this little girl who by your own admission will have difficulties in the "real world" a happy memory, or these kids being authentically altruistic?  Most people  want to feel good about themselves, its just that high school students are generally more shameless in how they do it.  What would you have preferred to have happened in this situation?
2013-09-14 03:20:00 PM
1 votes:
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 03:02:33 PM
1 votes:

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 02:32:56 PM
1 votes:
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 02:24:56 PM
1 votes:

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 01:55:23 PM
1 votes:
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 01:37:59 PM
1 votes:

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 01:34:00 PM
1 votes:
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 01:29:04 PM
1 votes:
fark all the haters.  She was probably in her own private Idaho the whole damned night.
2013-09-14 01:17:54 PM
1 votes:

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 01:16:34 PM
1 votes:

GrahamManning: Let's elect her president next


Isn't this pretty much how Obama got the job?
2013-09-14 01:11:55 PM
1 votes:

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 01:10:25 PM
1 votes:
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 01:10:20 PM
1 votes:
I love how any article about the handicapped really brings out the trolls.
2013-09-14 01:05:06 PM
1 votes:

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 01:05:03 PM
1 votes:
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 01:03:27 PM
1 votes:
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 12:57:56 PM
1 votes:
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 12:52:35 PM
1 votes:

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 12:11:17 PM
1 votes:
Kimmay!
 
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