Michael Conrad, a junior at Taylorsville High School, was overjoyed to receive an invitation to the homecoming dance from a cheerleader. However, he was later disappointed to learn that the invitation was a prank. And the cheerleader had been coerced into keeping it in his locker. The information spread like wildfire. Jenn Palomino, Conrad’s former debate teacher, was so disturbed by the news that she felt compelled to act.
Jenn said:”I just thought it was a terrible incident, I don’t know that there was anything I could do to turn it around if I’m completely honest.”
But that quickly changed when she took an unexpected step to silence the bullies. The first person she contacted was Caitlin Thomas, a former Miss Lehi. Caitlin then texted her friend Dexonna Talbot, who was serving as Miss Greater Salt Lake at the time.
“The second I heard about this, I knew I wanted to do something,” Talbot 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.”
Micheal was taken aback during his History class when Dexonna dropped off an extravagant, sugary homecoming invitation in the form of a Starburst bucket, Micheal’s favorite candy.
The video surfaced all over the internet. Watch the full video here:
One of my students was recently the target of a bullying incident where some kids decided to make up a fake homecoming proposal. Well jokes on them because today Miss Greater Salt Lake came and asked HIM to homecoming. Bullying is lame and kindness always wins. pic.twitter.com/wgWBPAKEcC
— Taylorsville Debate (@tvilledebate) September 18, 2018
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