A Texas homecoming queen shares her crown with her bullied best friend at a North Texas high school, and news of this good deed is now sweeping the nation. Lillian Skinner was the target of bullies at Grand Prairie High School. A group of fellow students told the teenager that she was nominated for this year’s homecoming court, but that was not the case. However, her two best friends were nominated for the homecoming honor. NBC News reported that these two close friends decided on a plan to fight back against these bullies, and they enlisted the help of Principal Lorimer Arendse.
Seniors Anahi Alvarez and Naomi Martinez made a promise to each other that if one of them won the homecoming queen crown, they would give that crown to their friend. The three girls met during choir class back in seventh grade, and they have all remained close since then. Alvarez and Martinez did not like the cruel joke the other girls pulled on their friend for homecoming, and they wanted to take a stand. That stand happened in front of everyone in attendance at the homecoming football game.
At the homecoming event last Friday night, Arendse’s job was to get Lillian onto the football field during the announcement for homecoming queen. He used the guise of needing her to take more photos of the homecoming event for the school. She was taking photos when her friend Anahi Alvarez was announced queen.
Alvarez did not accept her homecoming crown, though. She immediately placed the crown for queen on Lillian’s head after she called her friend over. Lillian did not want to come closer at first, but it did not take her long to realize what her best friend was trying to do. She called the homecoming surprise “a dream” when asked about it during an interview earlier this week.
Alvarez said we “need more people in this world” like Lillian. She also revealed how she felt about giving the homecoming crown to Lillian instead.
“Well, for me, I want to say, and I always say, ‘Lilly won. I just ran in her place, in her position.’ When they ask me, ‘Were you homecoming queen?’ I say, ‘No, Lilly is homecoming queen.’”
Lillian shared her outlook on life, and it is a message many would agree with.
“My mom tells me, and I remember to tell my friends, ‘Look inside [to see what] counts. Not the outside. Look inside your heart. If you judge people’s skin, that’s bad. But look inside their heart, to who they are.”
It is clear that Alvarez and Martinez are beautiful girls, both inside and out. They did not allow the bullies to hurt their friend with the cruel homecoming joke. All three girls can be considered homecoming queen for this year.
Bullying is still a huge problem in schools today. Children and young adults face bullies at school on a daily basis. With the internet, bullying has found a new home with social media now playing a role. Mic.com reported that 28 percent of students in junior high and high school are the victim of school bullies.
More kids are fighting back, though. The Inquisitr previously reported the story of one 6-year-old boy who decided to take his own stand against the bullies at his school when they made fun of his suspenders. He asked his mother to buy him a special pair of suspenders for school picture day, and he told her he thought everyone should wear suspenders on that day. He thought that act would “suspend bullies even if it’s just for a day.”
With good deeds and kids fighting back against bullies in positive ways, bullies are learning that their actions are not right. With one Texas homecoming queen taking her own stand, her best friend learned the meaning of true friendship. What do you think of this touching homecoming story?
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