Ehret homecoming king, football player give crown to special needs student

John Ehret Homecoming King

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Two John Ehret High School students brought their school's gym to tears last week with a heart-warming homecoming surprise.

Star athlete Kerry Starks won the title as homecoming king. He received a crown, sash, and all the things that come with being "Mr. Patriot." But seconds after the announcement was made during a pep rally, Starks decided to give it all up.

The popular 18-year-old thought someone else deserved the title just as much he. That person was 19-year-old Denzel Parker, his fellow classmate who has had cerebral palsy since he was born.

"When I was crowned I was shocked because I really didn't know I was going to win it," Starks said. "When I won it, I already had it on my mind to give to him."

Passing the title to Parker hit close to home for Starks, because his little brother also has cerebral palsy.

"I was thinking about that because this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing for him and a once-in-a-lifetime thing for me, " said Starks.

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