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Autistic Linden High School Student crowned Homecoming King

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(10/03/12) - In a time when bullying is dominating the headlines, a group of students are giving a lesson about acceptance.

Wednesday, Linden High School crowned their Homecoming King.

What makes this story so special is not only who it is, but also the group of students who supported him.

Danny Leideker has Asperger Syndrome, a type of Autism which can make developing friendships difficult.

When Danny was in the eighth grade, a group of students at Linden Middle School pulled Danny into their circle.

It changed their lives and his.

"They got inside that autistic bubble and they have been able to develop him and grow him socially and his self confidence to a level my wife and I and the school system could have never accomplished," said Danny's dad, Wayne Leideker.

Over the last four years, the Linden students maintained a close friendship with Danny, even making him the high school football team manager and Wednesday, homecoming king.

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