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Special needs students get outpouring of support during homecoming at high school in Ogden

Posted at 2:32 PM, Oct 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 16:33:27-04

OGDEN, Utah -- A high school came together to support two special needs students at homecoming this year, making the father of one of the students happy and proud for his community.

Nathaniel Fryer is a senior at Ben Lomond High School in Ogden. He is a student in the school's special needs class and has Down syndrome, his father Richard told Fox 13.

During the high school's homecoming, Tre Pearson won the title of homecoming king but gave his crown to Nathaniel.

“Special needs kids deserve a chance and opportunity to feel the way we feel and have special moments,” Pearson said.  

When Pearson placed the crown on Nathaniel’s head, the crowd inside the dance hall erupted in cheers.

“It was just a special moment and a good time for me,” Pearson said.  

The gesture meant quite a lot to Nathaniel’s family.

“Just the love the school gives him, I can’t even begin to describe how much that means,” Fryer said.  “Just that small act of kindness will forever be remembered.”

Pearson hopes his example will cause people to put others before themselves.

“It’s not about me,” Pearson said.  “Just be nice.  Be a good person and things will fall into place.”

Photos of Nathaniel and Jeri can be seen below: