Homecoming King Strips Himself of Title to Give Crown to Queen’s Special-Needs Friend

April 15, 2019 Updated: April 18, 2019

To be crowned Homecoming King or Queen is one of the glorious moments in a high school student’s life, and those crowned enjoy the attention they get. But in Colorado, one teenager chose to give his title  away to someone else.

In 2016, Brad Cooley, a senior at Douglas County High School, was crowned Homecoming King, and 17-year-old Meghan Bailey was Queen. However, Brad felt that he didn’t deserve the title at all.

Posted by Brad Cooley on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

So within 24 hours after receiving the crown, he gave it away before the dance to Meghan’s date, Ian Brennan, who was also 17 years old.

Meghan has a form of cerebral palsy that prevents her from talking, and Ian has Down syndrome. The two of them have been best of friends since they were 5.

Why did Brad give away his crown and title to someone else?

Posted by Jim Brennan on Sunday, September 25, 2016

“Something didn’t feel right to me, it didn’t feel like I was the one who was supposed to have it,” he explained to The Denver Channel. “There was just something in me that was like, I just felt like it would be better deserved for someone else.”

When those around them heard of Brad’s actions, they were surprised and touched.

“It was, it made me cry, it was amazing to have just the sweetness of sharing that moment, it was really amazing,” Meghan’s mother, Heidi, said.

Guest starring at Meghan's Homecoming!

Posted by Jim Brennan on Saturday, September 24, 2016

As for Ian, to be given the homecoming title meant a lot to him and his family. Ian’s mother lost her battle to liver cancer two months prior, and the kind gesture by Brad to Ian couldn’t have come at a better time.

“It was really overwhelming, so it is a very, very special, it was a special night and a special memory and we’re going to hold on to that one,” said Jim Brennan, Ian’s father.

Ian’s mother would surely have been over the moon to see her son wearing the homecoming crown. Kudos to Brad for his selfless act in giving the honor to a fellow classmate.

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