Michael Conrad, a high school student with autism and ADHD, was recently targeted by some of his fellow classmates. Someone egged his house and then left a fake homecoming invitation for him, supposedly written by one of Conrad’s friends. He was humiliated by the experience, but this story was far from over.
The junior from Taylorsville High School in Utah was visibly shaken, reports say, by the vandalism of his house. Yet it was the invitation to homecoming that has left many, including Conrad’s parents, fuming.
The unidentified vandals left a note that read: “I’m sorry for the mess. But how about I make it up to you by taking you to Homecoming?”
The note was signed with a name he knew–one of his friends. Conrad asked her about it, optimistic that–despite the egging–the invitation to homecoming might be real, but the young woman denied any involvement and already had a date for the dance.
Conrad “tried to hide the hurt when this happened but it was obvious that he was upset inside,” his uncle wrote on Twitter.
One of the teachers at the school, Jenn Palomino, heard about the incident and decided she could help. “She contacted Miss Greater Salt Lake, Dexonna Talbot, and asked if she might be able to help salvage her student’s homecoming experience,” Daily Mail writes.
Dexonna Talbot will compete for Miss Utah in a few months. “The second I heard about this, I knew I wanted to do something,” she said.
“I automatically broke down into tears, because just thinking about the fact that someone would go out of their way to make someone else feel bad is so heartbreaking to me.”
Talbot made up a sign and went to Conrad’s school to ask him to the dance. He accepted.
“Had the time of my life with the coolest, funniest, kindest and most amazing guy at homecoming tonight,” Talbot wrote after the dance.
“Micheal you are one of a kind. I am so humbled by this experience. Bullying sucks and kindness ALWAYS wins.”
“We don’t know who did it, but to us it doesn’t matter,” Michael’s mother Jennifer said. “Through this experience our sweet boy was able to have the time of his life.”
“I just hope [the bullies] realize that you should [not] tear someone down to try and make yourself look cool.”