Teens with Down's Syndrome are crowned prom king and queen after falling in love
Everyone deserves love. No matter who you are, every person should know what it feels like to give and receive affection.
It should be no different for Amelie Barker and Dylan Hughes, two 16-year-olds with Down syndrome. And their 1,600 peers at Monmouth Comprehensive School agree, as they voted the two prom king and queen. Though the teenage sweethearts have known each other since they were three, they started dating in March and, most recently, were crowned at their school's end-of-term dance.
Dylan's mother said that he was very happy after the prom: "He came home at midnight a very happy young man. Dylan didn't want to take his crown and sash off - he was really thrilled."
She also said that their friends from school had planned the surprise, and even phoned them after: "The evening was in full swing when we had a call to say Dylan and Amelie had been voted prom king and queen. They both thought it was fabulous."
Though the couple have known each other their whole lives, they attended primary school separately before going to Monmouth Comprehensive School together in Wales. They went out for pizza for their first date together, and since then, they have continued to go out on evenings and weekends.
Dylan's mom is proud of her son for growing up and said:
"We should be celebrating the fact that Dylan and Amelie are part of the community and part of the school. They weren't picked as king and queen of the prom because they have Down syndrome but because they are really popular pupils and everyone is really happy for them."
Hayley Page, assistant headteacher for inclusion, said:
"Our culture and belief is that every child attends their local school and our aim is that every child can be independent, resilient and able to lead their lives. The great esteem held for the Dylan and Amelie and their popularity within our Year 11 led to them being voted as prom king and queen by their peers. This recognises the level of inclusivity and the values held by our school community."
Congratulations Amelie and Dylan!