Asking a girl out and risking rejection takes quite a bit of bravery and self-confidence, especially when it’s your first time.
High school sophomore Dakota Nelton remembers precisely what it’s like to be in those shoes.
The teen from Gray, Louisiana finally mustered up the courage to ask a special friend to the homecoming dance with a homemade sign and a bag of Starbursts.
Unfortunately, his proposal was not only met with rejection, but also scathing public humiliation as onlookers laughed, pointed, and pulled out their tape recorders. As the bullies stomped all over his sign, Dakota felt what little was left of his self-esteem being trampled to the ground as well.
“It was actually a pretty tough moment standing in a small circle with that one shake of the head and you just got to find your way out of that circle,” he recalled.