Sad teen, ditched by friends on prom night, receives wonderful surprise from kind band juniors

Nov 3, 2018

People can be mean. However, there are still kind souls in this world who will do anything to put that smile back on your face, just like what one group of kindhearted bandmates did for their heartbroken senior.

In May, John Richards, Seattle radio station KEXP DJ, took to Twitter to share a letter written by Chicago mom Sheila Loop.

John tweeted: “Take a second to get to know some amazing kids who, on a Monday, changed one life. This is MUST LISTEN/READ. I’m not crying, you’re crying.”

Loop wrote that on May 26, her eldest son, Jackson, was all dressed up in his custom-tailored suit, getting ready for the pre-prom photo-taking session with his bandmates before the dance.

Unexpectedly, he received a group text saying they weren’t taking the pre-prom pictures.

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“And then he waited, and he waited, and he waited,” Loop wrote.

But Jackson received no word from his friends. No one came to pick him up.

Posted by Sheila O'Neill on Thursday, October 19, 2017

Loop was heartbroken as she saw Jackson ditched by his friends. She has “never felt so much pain” in her 18 years of parenting.

Posted by Jackson Loop on Friday, June 17, 2016

Jackson changed out of his suit; then, he saw all his band friends’ pre-prom pictures on Facebook—he was crushed.

Posted by Sheila O'Neill on Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sadly, Jackson was used to being cast aside by his peers.

Throughout his life, he had always felt like an “invisible, throwaway loser.”

Posted by Sheila O'Neill on Monday, October 9, 2017

Fortunately, Jackson still has friends who care. On the following Monday, one of his band juniors, Sophie, invited him over for pizza.

There, Jackson was stunned. He cried when he saw his juniors in their formalwear. They brought along flowers and food to throw him a “fake prom.”

Jackson and his real friends ended up having a wonderful time, posing for prom photos and eating a cake that read “Fake Prom 2018.”

John concluded the story on air by praising the band juniors as “kind souls.”

“You’re going to find plenty of people that will find you interesting and will actually care about you in the end,” Jackson told Yahoo Lifestyle. “There are plenty of people out there.”

Kudos to these “kind souls” for restoring Jackson’s faith in friendship.


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