A young teen asked a fellow classmate to homecoming in front of all his peers. What he didn’t expect was a rejection and then a happy ending.
Dakota Nelton is a sophomore at H.L. Bourgeois Braves, a public high school in Gray, Louisiana. For the first time in his life, Dakota decided to ask a girl out on a date, which happened to be to the homecoming dance, according to WGNO. A colorful poster was drawn up and presented to the girl, who was also his close friend, but her answer wasn’t what he expected.
The rejection was witnessed by his classmates, and a recording of it was later uploaded to Facebook, where it received thousands of views.
“It was actually a pretty tough moment standing in a small circle with that one shake of the head and you just got to find your way out of that circle. It’s hesitating,” Dakota told WGNO.
Feeling dejected, Dakota walked away. “I didn’t want to be a part of it,” Dakota said.
The following Monday, Dakota received a huge surprise when 13 girls holding signs approached and proposed to him to go to homecoming.
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A video of the moment was uploaded on Facebook showing Dakota overwhelmed by their kind act. Alyssa Buckley, one of the 13 girls who asked Dakota out, said they wanted “to show him that he’s loved and worthy and deserves to be going to homecoming with somebody.”
And their gesture paid off; Dakota felt better.
Morgan Leigh Boudreaux, one of the girls who gathered the other girls to ask Dakota out for homecoming, took to Facebook and wrote, “god put me in the right place at the right time.”
She further added, “i hope your night is absolutely amazing dakota and i’m sorry other girls don’t see how you need to be treated. we love you so much hun!”
“I felt like one of the popular kids in school which I’m really not,” Dakota shared.
A few of the girls already had dates to homecoming, but their partners understood why it was important to go with Dakota, Jadah McClelland wrote in a Facebook post.
“I personally had an amazing night at homecoming and amazing pancakes after at ihop [sic] with Dakota and some of the girls,” Jadah shared.
As their story went viral, the girls made headlines with their act of kindness. Jadah wrote, “We didn’t ask to be on the news… we were asked! And from there the news people told us that CNN wanted to show his story. We didn’t ask to be on tv and we didn’t ask for all the shares on social media.”
She further went on to emphasize that, “Us 13 girls did this out of the kindness of our hearts to show that people do care.”
In her same post, she ended it with some heartfelt advice for all.
“You never know what’s going on in someone’s life so just be kind… you won’t regret it!!” she wrote.
Indeed, you never know whose day you’re about to light up, so keep spreading the goodness by doing these precious little random acts of kindness.