LITTLE AXE, Okla. – It was a touching moment at a local prom.
It’s a followup to a tragic story – now with a bit of a fairy tale ending.
Dylan Scott-Gibson will soon be a college athlete and, though that is something every kid dreams of – it’s bittersweet knowing his friend, Jason Smith, won’t be there.
“He loves John Cena; he loves to give high fives,” Scott-Gibson said. “He’s just a great person to be around at all times.”
This – despite a dark day in 2010 when a tornado hit his family’s home.
“And took us away,” Smith said.
Smith’s mother, Tammy Rider, was killed. Her three children – found in the debris by their grandfather.
“Me and Ethan were sitting on a tree, and I said to Ethan, ‘Ethan, Ethan,'” Smith said.
After what felt like forever in the hospital – all three children were allowed to go home.
Smith’s brother now uses a wheelchair and Jason still deals with the effects of a traumatic brain injury. But, he never lets it get him down.
“It’s always a pleasure to see a smile on Jason’s face every morning,” Scott-Gibson said.
So, when prom season came around, the Little Axe seniors decided it was time to bring Smith the same joy he brings them every day.
Scott-Gibson handed his crown over to Smith.
“Me? Prom King?” Smith said.
“I felt like he would enjoy it more than I would and, man, he did,” Scott-Gibson said. “His smile lit up prom, definitely.”
Not just his smile – his moves too.
“Everybody was getting loud, I mean, the energy just picked up. It was amazing, and he’s a good dancer too,” Scott-Gibson said.
At a young age, the students are proving community is far more valuable than crowns or titles.
“You grow up with a lot of kids you’re so close even if you aren’t family,” Scott-Gibson said.
The two teens will be graduating this fall.
By the way, this is becoming a bit of a tradition at Little Axe. During football season, the homecoming queen crown was handed over to another deserving student as well.