Non-verbal Colorado teen with autism named prom queen

18-year-old Molly Bell isn't your average teenager. She's not a cheerleader, doesn't play any sports, and doesn't fall into any particular 'clique'. Despite all of that, this non-verbal teenager was named prom queen at a Colorado high school.

Bell has autism and is non-verbal. And she's got amazing support from her high school peers.

The 18-year-old was crowned prom queen to the surprise of almost everyone this weekend. Also in the prom court was Oliver Bell: he was prom king and said the moment she was crowned says something great about their school.

"Everyday at lunch, you can see people sitting around Molly and just accepting her into our community and I think that's just another thing that's really special about Manitou Springs High School," Bell said.

Special education teacher Jill McCacken agrees. 

"She's not in a clique, she's not a cheerleader, she doesn't play a sport. I think it was a really great way for them to honor her and who she is."

During prom Saturday night, Molly took over the dance floor but she gained a new title. Her mom, Kathy, said they were moved by what happened.

"I think we were incredibly touched by this huge roar of kids when Molly's name was announced," Kathy Bell said. "I think what they are doing is acknowledging how hard she works every single day at the little things in life."

How did this get started? McCacken said it wasn't parents or adults who go this ball rolling; it was the kids.

"This wasn't adult prompted or teacher led by any means. We were all more surprised I think than anyone else and that the students themselves came independently and acknowledged her and recognized her as someone special. I just thought it was a beautiful thing."
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