High school sophomore Dakota Nelton was excited. He had finally worked up the nerve to ask a girl to the homecoming dance and had decided on the perfect way to do it. He confidently walked up to where she was standing in a large group of friends and asked her to be his date. But things didn’t go according to plan. As he looked on expectantly, the girl just shook her head no. Defeated and humiliated, Dakota walked away as his fellow classmates laughed at him.
To make matters worse, one of his classmates filmed the rejection on his phone and soon the embarrassing video had gone viral.
Dakota didn’t want to show his face at school again. “It was actually a pretty tough moment as standing in a small circle with that one shaking head. And you just got to find your way out of that circle,” he said. “It’s hesitating.”
On Monday, Dakota hesitantly made his way through the hallway, knowing everyone had been laughing at him over the video. But then something happened that caught him off guard.
Dakota looked up and saw 13 girls walking toward him holding signs. These were some of the most popular girls in school. Dakota wondered if he was in for more humiliation, but what happened next restored his faith in humanity and his classmates and soon had him walking with his head held high.
Instead of mocking him, these girls all asked him to go to the homecoming dance with them. “Let’s get a group of girls together and ask him to show him that he’s loved and worthy and deserves to be going to homecoming with somebody,” student Alyssa Buckley recalled of their decision to all ask Dakota to the dance.
It may have been a small gesture to these girls, but to Dakota it meant everything.
“I felt like one of the popular kids in school, which I’m really not,” he said.
This is the kind of thing we need to see more of! We are so proud of these girls and thankful that they are setting an example of kindness in their school.