An autistic schoolboy had a night to remember when he was chauffeured to his end-of-year prom – thanks to five kind-hearted classmates.
The girls – pupils at St Peter’s Catholic School in Solihull – were travelling in a posh Range Rover Discovery to their big night at Hogarths Hotel in Dorridge.
But then they noticed fellow student Brodie Smith, 16, who was all alone after his taxi had dropped him off at the wrong spot.
The girls immediately stopped the car and invited the shy teen to join them – and the group arrived in style to cheers from those gathered at the popular hotel in Four Ashes Road.
Proud mum Diane Smith, 48, a single parent of three from Sheldon, said she had no idea of the lovely gesture until a few days later.
“Brodie has atypical autism so he hasn’t got a lot of autistic traits,” she said.
“He’s a bit quiet and it affects his socialisation.
“When he was younger he wouldn’t tell me if he was hungry or if he was full.
“He was a bit of a target when he first started secondary school and he was quite vulnerable.
“He used to come home and cry and say ‘I’ve got no friends’.
“But in the last two years he has settled down although he did struggle but St Peter’s have been marvellous.”
Diane, who is a special needs co-ordinator at a nursery, added:” “I didn’t think he would want to go to prom but he said he did.
“So I got him a taxi as I don’t drive but the driver dropped him off at the bottom of the drive at Hogarths and he had quite a long walk.
“That’s when the girls saw him and told him to get in. He was really happy.”
Lottie Byrne was one of the generous girls whose act of kindness went viral after details were published online.
Her proud mum Nicky Byrne, who lives in Dickens Heath , said: “They’re a bit embarrassed and overwhelmed by all the attention really.
“They didn’t think twice about stopping to ask Brodie to join them and they didn’t actually know he was autistic.
“They are all very good friends and were excited .
“They saw Brodie and shouted at him to get in. He was a bit reluctant really and a bit overwhelmed as the girls were getting quite giddy and singing.
“But he sat in the front and when they arrived everyone cheered.”
The following day Lottie’s mother Nicky, 48, received an email from the girls’ head of year praising them for being a ‘genuinely kind and mature group of individuals’
She posted the email on Facebook which is where Brodie’s mum saw it.
The heart-warming story has now spread around the world with the press from New Zealand, Australia and Spain all reporting on the feel-good tale.
Marie Murphy, Headteacher at St Peter’s, said: “We are incredibly proud of the girls who showed such kindness, consideration and sensitivity at the recent Year 11 prom.
“The prom is a celebration of the pupils’ journey through St Peter’s and it really is wonderful to see such positive values, which underpin our school’s Catholic ethos, in action.
“Brodie is a lovely pupil who has made excellent progress at St Peter’s since starting in Year 7 and it has been a pleasure to see him grow into a mature and delightful young man.”