Acts of Kindness
High school teen gets last laugh after he’s publicly humiliated by girl he asked to homecoming dance
When high schooler Dakota asked a girl to homecoming with a sign and a bag of candy he had no idea he was being filmed.
Sasha Alonzo
06.01.22

Not everyone’s dating experience in high school was all rainbows and butterflies. Even looking back at it now you might want to cringe. There were probably a lot of awkward and embarrassing moments – not to mention, the stress of even getting a date at all.

Brave and courageous

You gotta hand it to the teens who are brave enough to put their hearts on the line and ask someone out.

Dakota Nelton is one of these courageous people.

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YouTube - WGNO-TV / ABC26 / WNOL38

Homecoming dance

The high school sophomore from Gray, Louisiana, didn’t have a date for the homecoming dance – so he summoned the courage to ask a friend.

This was the first time Dakota had dared to ask a girl out, so it’s safe to say there was a lot of nerves on his end.

Still, he planned out the moment and wanted to do it properly, so he made a poster to pop the question.

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YouTube - WGNO-TV / ABC26 / WNOL38

Things didn’t go as planned…

But when the moment happened, the girl said no – and her fellow classmates mocked Dakota and trod on his poster.

Speaking to WGNO New Orleans, Dakota admitted:

“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.”

With his head down, he tried to leave as quickly as possible. Ideally, the moment would linger in his classmates’ memories for a week, two weeks, tops, but it never works like that in high school.

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YouTube - WGNO-TV / ABC26 / WNOL38

Unfortunately, it was filmed

Dakota only learned later, when a video of his rejection ended up online, that someone had filmed the moment.

In the video, you can see Dakota approaching the girl with his hand-written poster and what looks like a bag of candy.

The next minute, his face drops as the girl rejects him, right there, in the middle of a corridor full of students.

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YouTube - WGNO-TV / ABC26 / WNOL38

Ridiculing him

It might just be the saddest thing we’ve seen this year, but instead of patting him on the back in support, his schoolmates can be heard laughing and shouting about his rejection.

Thankfully, the video of Dakota was seen by the right people – and something incredible was soon to go down.

13 girls to the rescue

On a school day that Dakota thought was like any other, as he was walking down the corridor where his rejection had taken place, he came across a row of 13 girls.

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YouTube - WGNO-TV / ABC26 / WNOL38

Complete shock and surprise

Each girl was holding a sign… and then it clicked: they were asking Dakota to go to the homecoming dance – with all of them!

In the end, Dakota ended up getting the last laugh, because he had not one, but 13 girls who wanted to be his date.

He said:

“I felt like one of the popular kids in the school, which I’m not.”

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YouTube - WGNO-TV / ABC26 / WNOL38

Banding together

The 13 girls had got together after watching the video of Dakota’s rejection to show him that he was “loved and worthy, and deserves to be going to homecoming with somebody”.

They said that they vowed to see him dancing on the dance floor – and we can bet he was up there with the rest of them!

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YouTube - WGNO-TV / ABC26 / WNOL38

A lot of pressure

This story questions the tradition of homecoming proposals, which are becoming more extravagant each year.

But while they’re very popular, it puts an awful lot of pressure on teens in high school to find a date. At least, in this case, Dakota’s story had a happy ending.

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YouTube - WGNO-TV / ABC26 / WNOL38

It’s not every day that a group of 13 girls swoops in to help out their classmate. But perhaps this story will inspire more kindness, especially when there’s a person who could use some uplifting.

Watch the whole thing unfold in the video below. We’re grateful these 13 girls came to Dakota’s side when he needed them.

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By Sasha Alonzo
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Sasha Alonzo is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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