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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Something really, really nice, for a change
Posted by Jill | 5:35 AM
I know we paint the South with a broad brush sometimes here at B@B. And I'm not saying that this happened BECAUSE it is in the South. But when I read something like this, it gives me hope for our future:

UNIONVILLE, Tn (ABC News) -- Three Tennessee homecoming king nominees made a unanimous and touching decision that no matter who won, they would give the crown to a beloved student with a genetic condition.

Students Jesse Cooper, Drew Gibbs and Zeke Grissom were all nominated for homecoming king at Community High School's basketball homecoming ceremony.

The teens got together and decided that the winner would turn over the honor to junior Scotty Maloney, who has Williams Syndrome, a neurological disorder that inhibits learning and speech.

"I've been blessed with so many things," Cooper told ABC News' Nashville affiliate WKRN-TV. "I just wanted Scotty to experience something great in his high school days."

"He's always happy, so he deserves some recognition for who he is," Gibbs said.

Cooper won the popular vote for king, but when the official announcement was made at a Friday ceremony, the principal told the crowd what the nominees had decided to do.

"When they called [Scotty's] name, his eyes got really big and I don't know that he registered exactly what was happening. He knew something was," Maloney's teacher Liz Hestle Gassaway told ABCNews.com. "It was very, very emotional."

The crowd erupted with cheers and Maloney got a long standing ovation, WKRN reported, as he was awarded his "King" medal.

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Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...
I have lived all over this country including Long Island and Cleveland in the north. There is no difference between people. None. It is rather amusing when I see the South painted with this broad brush you speak of. Besides, if it were so bad down here then I am wondering why my all the displaced Yanks living within a mile or so of me decided to pick up their carpet bag and come on down.