Autistic girl overcomes bullies to take homecoming princess title

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Everyone loves an underdog story with a happy ending, which means you will love this story about Rachel Sampson, a Poway, California girl who suffers from the form of autism known as Asperger's Syndrome. It seems some of Rachel's callous fellow high school students nominated Rachel for homecoming princess as a cruel joke, thinking it would end there.

But it did not end there. Rachel's mother, Kathleen, became justifiably suspicious, saying "Rachel has a lot of friends, but she doesn't socialize out of school, that's a little too difficult for her right now." In reference to individuals with Aspergers, she said, "They sometimes have difficulty being social. They don't make eye contact. They don't always have a lot of friends."

Deciding to make lemonade out of those insensitive lemons, Rachel said, "I decided that if it was a mean joke, it would drive those kids really nuts if I actually won and had a lot of fun with it." So Rachel's mom took to Facebook to describe what had happened, and soon the news spread like wildfire. The next thing you know, fourteen-year-old Rachel had been voted into the court as freshman homecoming princess. Kathleen Sampson said, "The community of Poway and the students at Poway High School do not tolerate bullying, and they made that very clear with their voting."

Sweet poetic justice, with the punkers getting punk'd. As Rachel put it, "I'm just hoping that other kids who have been bullied are going to get a message from this, and other kids who are bullies realize what they're doing is wrong."