Teen Son Is Rejected Before Homecoming Dance. But When A Stranger Shows Up, Mom Loses It

Daniel, 17, had always dreamt of going to his homecoming dance at school. Sadly, he was turned down by all the girls he asked.

You see, Daniel has Down syndrome and has felt the effects of being stigmatized by his peers.

That’s when a 10th grader named Kylie stepped up and asked Daniel to the dance herself. “I don’t think of kids that have a disability… I don’t think of them as being different,” Kylie says. “I hope I can make his night fun.”

Daniel’s mom Tonya was stunned beyond belief by Kylie’s incredible gesture. “It’s not about that Daniel has a disability. It’s Kylie didn’t see any disability. That is what your heart wants as a mom.”

The team at the FOX5 Surprise Squad was also impressed by Kylie’s sweet and simple act of kindness. So, they decided to show up before the homecoming dance to deliver a night of surprises no one could have imagined.

From being driven to the dance in a shiny Rolls Royce and a red carpet entrance, Daniel ended up breaking down in tears of joy before the night was over.

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82 thoughts on “Teen Son Is Rejected Before Homecoming Dance. But When A Stranger Shows Up, Mom Loses It”

    1. The acts of Kindness
      The acts kindness could created beauties and discovered truth humane human, Kindness can transcend disability to possibility and find the ❤️ And new joys and happiness in each of us.

    2. I love this story! What a special girl! And Daniel you can tell is a very special boy! Yay for the suprise squad for making these two have an unforgettable homecoming night,

    3. I just love that and I know how Daniel felt cause I have a physical disability that is clear as day where people don’t even wanna bother with me because of it. I was only born with 4 fingers on each hand and deformed arms and wrists and I’ve been stigmatized all my life!

    4. I am so proud of Kylie such a sweet young lady and gave Daniel a night he will never forget . And the FOX surprise squad out did them selves also, A great night for those Teens .

    5. THIS IS JUST SO BEAUTIFUL AND TRULY AN AT OF #KINDNESS BY ALL! COMING FROM A MOTHER OF 2 HANDICAPPED CHILDREN THIS WARMS MY HEART SO TO SEE THAT THERE IS HOPE FOR HUMANITY! GOD BLESS AMERICA

  1. What a caring and beautiful person she was…did not see his disability only him! I am so happy he got to go to Homecoming..and to the girls that refused him, you have to look beyond his disability and see the great person he is and only wants to be like everyone else. Love this story and will share it gladly. Thank you for making this
    such a memorable night for the young couple.

    1. I taught Special Children many years ago..they are precious individuals with very special feelings..they are compassionate without questioning “differences”…T0day I have friends who are now adults with Special Needs…there is a “purity” in the love they have for others…God bless every individual..we are all so different in so many ways, but we all have the capacity to love and be kind to others.

  2. This bring joy to my heart. I was blessed to have my son for 18 years he had autism . I struggle to get him the things any kid deserved. I’m so glad this young lady showed her true heart and extended such beautiful kindness. I am also glad her kindness was rewarded. Such a beautiful story.Thanks Fox Surprise Team. You Rock

    1. I bet they are to cause these kids are so sweet and lovable, if i was a young girl i would chose a young man with Down’s to go to the dance with because i know i would be going with a Angel . you sure want go wrong .they just want to be liked and cared for and to be happy , just like everyone else does

  3. First time I heard of FOX5 Surprise Squad. You are absolutely wonderful!!! You brought many tears to my eyes as well. I am so glad Ms. Monica Jackson was the commentator for this…your enthusiasm is truly inspiring! Thank you FOX5 Surprise Squad! If only I could express how you made me feel, it would still be minuscule to how you have affected not only the families, but the community as well! BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO!!!

  4. This young lady is a super example of what a compassionate person is. I loved the way she said……”are you happy Buddy?”

    Her parents should be beyond proud of her. I could just give her a hug

  5. when we die, we are asked a few questions.. Did you love others? did you care for others. did you help others? or not!

    1. Not today. The younger generation don’t give a shit about anyone but themselves, and their kids will be even worse the way they are raised today by their parents. I’m glad I won’t be around to see it.

        1. You are so right Becca, not all kids are disconnected from others. My son Nicholas also has Down syndrome. We moved from Portland, OR to Sequim, WA three and half years ago. Nicholas joined the wrestling team and made friends. He has been treated so well. In 2015 Nicholas was elected Homecoming King at Sequim High School. He had such a good time. The Seattle News came and did a story on it. It was all student driven!!!

  6. I have a disabled daughter and every year her high school has a huge Prom for all the special needs kids. They are each given an escort and a limo picks up each child at their home. When they arrive at the Prom destination , which is as nice as any normal prom, maybe even nicer, they are met by their escort and walk the red carpet with their escort with photogaphers cameras flashing and everyone cheering. (The families are also invited). When they go inside , each couple is photographed together and their names announced. Then they go to their assigned table. After everyone arrives, there are speeches and a video of all of them through the year. Then a great dinner is served to each person at their table with dessert. Then the DJ starts playing music and everyone dances for 2 or 3 hours. Everything is decorated beautifully and the food is great. They all have a wonderful time and wonderful memories. In our high school, they can attend till they are 22 years old, so my daughter has been to 8 proms. Each one is completely different. This school goes above and beyond to make these kids have the same experiences as everyone else. I wish all high schools would do the same. The kids and parents and the student group work all year baking and doing fundraisers to help pay for this.

    1. It is a shame that all the school’s can’t do this for the disable kid’s they need to enjoy have a good time , sense your Daughter is disable you know what it means . my son has Down’s he is 52 years old now he sick he is disable in a wheel chair but he love to go out do different things shopping and go out to eat different things , he has top go with me and daddy , cause no other kids have anything to do with him because he is Down’s , this young girl has a heart of a angel, wish all the kids would be like that put some time in with these kids .

    2. What a wonderful school, wish more schools were so thoughtful as yours. God bless you and all the students who attend that school.

    1. Being a Christian or any other religion has nothing to do with being a good person, some will just do the right thing and in some cases in spite of their religion , it’s really not difficult to simply ask yourself , would I like to be treated that way and if the answer is no then don’t treat anyone else that way, what’s really sad is that the young lady became a hero by acting in a manner that everyone should , she is a true diamond among pebbles.

  7. I think this story is precious. I have a great grand with Down syndrome and he is a beautiful person. He is very smart. We just love him with all of our hearts. Its not their fault they are like that so please just just LOVE THEM. THEY WILL STEAL YOUR HEART AWAY.

  8. This story has me crying tears of joy for both children and their parents. Kylie gave Daniel a night he’ll remember forever! Fox5 made it even more special!

  9. We are remembered for the things we do in life and the people we touch… not the amount of money we make or the amount items we obtain.

  10. So amazing…to have love and to care like a child! We should all have this kind of compassion…what a difference we could make in the world.

  11. Our Lord works in wonderful ways. This young lady serves as a powerful example of what good feelings and compassion are all about. Kylie – you are an inspiration to all!!!

  12. Thank you, Kylie, for your kindness. You will be blessed for having such a warm and kind heart. I know you did this for all the right reasons; not because you felt sorry for Daniel. Just take a look at this handsome, warm hearted young man; he doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him; there’s no reason to feel sorry for him in the first place. JUST LOOK AT HIM; HE’S AWESOME. I have a great-grandson who has Downs. He too is handsome, warm hearted and the most loveable 9-year old you will ever want to meet. He repeatedly makes the honor roll, LOVES ADELLE and knows all of her songs and every motion she makes when she sings. HE TOO IS AWESOME. By the way, I feel sorry for the girls who turned him down. They need to apologize; they also need to spend time with Daniel; they would learn a lot about life. Thank you, once again Kylie. I know you had an enjoyable evening with Daniel.

  13. So loved Daniel face and being so overwhelmed. God is good and Kylie was the one whom made his dreams come true! Good job, Kylie!

  14. I am so proud and happy to know there are still such kind and loving teenagers are still around. I would like to say “Thank You”, to the parents of this young girl. God Bless you Kylie and your Parents. Amen

  15. Wow! Praise God for this wonderful young woman and wonderful young man!

    Praise Fox5 for doing this great kindness for them!

  16. May she live a long, happy and healthy life. Blessings on them both and on her family who raised such a beautiful soul

  17. What a wonderful story. What an magnificent young woman. With a heart as big as hers, she certainly has a lot to offer this world in making it a better place to live.
    I come from a big family many of my siblings have intellectual disabilities. But boy to they have a lot to offer this world with all their abilities. Its sad people judge a book before by its cover.
    God made my family and he didn’t make JUNK. We all have something to offer each.
    Thanks for sharing I immensely enjoyed your story. Love from Australia. Marlene xx

  18. What an awesome gift to give Daniel , Kylie you are one in a million .You both deserve a great lofe… 🙂

  19. This story really warmed my heart. I love seeing people happy, I’m sure this memory and the kindness of fox 5 will go a long way in the life Kylie and Daniel, as well as all of the bystanders. Watching this made my Sunday morning, even though it made tear up. God Bless

  20. It is extremely good to know there are still good people in this USA. They are surely abundant but one doesn’t hear about much good things I praise this your lady’s parents.

  21. This special young lady knew exactly what to do. It gives me hope for future generations. Too many are more concerned with self image and being perfect. She shows kindness and compassion toward others. Bravo!

  22. What an Amazing Young Lady and Young Man! Very inspirational story, I hope everyone takes a lesson from this young lady’s play book!

  23. HANG ON JUST A [CENSORED] MINUTE!
    THE ARTICLE IS QUICK WIT IMPLIED CRITICISM OF,
    “EVERY GIRL IN SCHOOL” WHO TURNED HIM DOWN
    FOR GOING TO THE BIG SCHOOL DANCE.

    Did it occur to anyone, that it’s a “Big Dance” for those
    girls as well? Did anyone think those girls may have had
    someone special they wanted to attend the dance with?

    Yes, he has down syndrome and is disadvantaged. but that
    doesn’t mean everyone else has to change their hopes and
    dreams just to accommodate him, and his hopes and dreams.
    High School is a stressful time for most everyone. Shame
    on anyone who speaks or thinks ill of these girls, just
    because they wanted to have their own dream as well.

  24. Kudos to the kind young lady who chose to attend the prom with this young man. I notice that some posters seem to feel that the girls who turned him down did something wrong. They did not. Perhaps they had their own dreams and aspirations for their prom experience. Nothing wrong with that. Very happy it worked out and I hope everyone had a wonderful time!

  25. I have a great grandson who has Down’s. I do not know why people constantly say that they are disabled. They are not. They just have an extra chromosone. They may learn differently from other people but they can learn. I love him with all of my heart.

  26. i cryed that was the cool thing i ever seen congrates to both good job honey we need more people in this world like you to love ya

  27. Both are role models who will inspire others to show understanding and acceptance of self + true empathy.❤

  28. What a beautiful post..God Bless this young lady .. He looked so handsome and she looked so beautiful.. Makes my heart beat extra hard with emotion.. xoxoxo <3
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  29. Acceptance I am taken so far that there are wonderful human beings on this earth. If we all had the kindness love and acceptance this would truly be a wonderful place to live I am so happy for this young man and showed by this young women we have great people on this earth still. Thank you so very much for a heart warming action. Pay it forward!

  30. Two kind people had great dates for the prom and fulfilled both their wishes. Kindness, love, friendship whatever is when both sides think they are the lucky one.

  31. Kudos to Kylie and to Fox5 for their actions.

    TWO thumbs down to the jerk who is using this as a hustle to increase his/her share of ad revenue from Facebook.

  32. That young lady will go places in her life. I drove school bus for handicapped and special needs kids for 19 years and they were the best years of my life. Those kids love you no matter what happens. Awesome.

  33. That is nice they have a special prom the the special needs students, but all these kids want are to be accepted by their own class mates. My son is Autistic and he wants to go to the prom with his class not a special prom of his own. Teachers should go to the extra step to teach kids to accept others not seperate them from the rest. My son was blessed with close friends(not disabled) to include him in their activities. Sometimes I feel it is the adults that enforce the stay away from the disabled kids, not the kids, most kids will accept other kids as long as their adult piers don’t tell them the difference. On Tv there are two little boys who got their hair cut short so their teach could not tell them apart. I love the teachers response when they came to school the next day, she played along with it getting the two confused on purpose. One was Black and one was white. But it taught the kids color does not matter. Loving each other does.

    1. That is nice they have a special prom the the special needs students, but all these kids want are to be accepted by their own class mates. My son is Autistic and he wants to go to the prom with his class not a special prom of his own. Teachers should go to the extra step to teach kids to accept others not seperate them from the rest. My son was blessed with close friends(not disabled) to include him in their activities. Sometimes I feel it is the adults that enforce the stay away from the disabled kids, not the kids, most kids will accept other kids as long as their adult piers don’t tell them the difference. On Tv there are two little boys who got their hair cut short so their teach could not tell them apart. I love the teachers response when they came to school the next day, she played along with it getting the two confused on purpose. One was Black and one was white. But it taught the kids color does not matter. Loving each other does.
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  34. It makes me believe in mankind again. An amazing touching story, I’m still smiling and my tears are not yet dry. I’m so happy for them for showing love, when you show love it inspires others to act. This young girl was raised with the right morals.

  35. I am twenty six year old male who has Autism, Bipolar, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. i have a lot of respect for this young woman, during my childhood, and years in school people were pretty bad with how they treated people who were disabled. however what i find funny is in the long run we become better people in the long run from dealing with that type of stuff so I am glad to see some of the younger generation are more open and less condemning to people like myself. May God Bless both this young man and young woman and help them with their futures plans and goals.

  36. She wanted to get his wish and then she got her wish also!! Got teary eyed watching this beautiful video!!! Those girls who turned him down?? EAT DIRT!!!!

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