Becoming the homecoming king or queen is considered by many high school kids to be a jewel in their crown.
But the Polk County school district dethroned two Mulberry teens, saying they tarnished their school's reputation.
Dalton Wiggs and Montana Fulkerton were all ready to go -- she with her gown, he with his matching turquoise tux.
But they don't need them anymore, because their dreams of royalty just went bust.
"It is pretty depressing. I am not going to lie," Dalton said. "That's what I was looking forward to my whole high school career, and to have it thrown away so fast…"
Dalton and Montana campaigned hard to be the top vote getters at Mulberry High. They tried to attract attention on school dress up days, and bought all kinds of giveaways.
But one of them got the teens in trouble: on Wednesday, they gave away candy and condoms. The condoms had the slogan "Let's wrap up these votes with Montana and Dalton."
"As soon as they knew there were condoms in the bag, tons of people were coming at us, and they were gone like that."
School administrators were not nearly as excited. Thursday, the teens were told they were out of the running for king and queen.
Not only that, but they couldn't go to the pep rally, football game, dance or any other homecoming activities.
"We really didn't think it was going to be that big of a deal, but obviously people thought otherwise," Montana said.
Friday, the teens decided to make a statement. They put on their outfits, marched right back into school and started taking pictures with their friends.
That didn't last long. The kids say they were asked to leave, and were followed out by two officers.
The district says they could have stayed in their street clothes and gone to class, but they chose not to.
Late Friday, though, the district said the teens will be allowed to attend the game and the dance after all. They issued this statement:
"Students were distributing condoms to solicit Homecoming votes. When school administration became aware, they immediately instructed the students to stop this inappropriate activity. No students have been suspended from school; however, the students involved were not allowed to participate in Homecoming activities on campus during the school day today. Homecoming is an extracurricular activity and participation is a privilege. These students will be allowed to attend the Homecoming game and dance….."
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