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A Parkland, Florida, student made good on a promise to a Lincoln Southeast High School senior and took her to prom Saturday after she exceeded his goal of getting 5,000 retweets.

Fidan Ibrahimova was hanging out with friends at a Lincoln coffee shop on April 2 when she sent a message to Kyle Kashuv asking him how many retweets she would need to get him to be her prom date. He didn't respond. 

Two days later, she tried again. His response: 5,000.

She tweeted a screenshot of their exchange with the plea "PLEASE HELP ME OUT. A DREAM COME TRUE."

By the next morning she had 2,000 retweets. Then conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro, who has 1.2 million followers, retweeted her.

"I was like, oh yeah, I got this," she said. "All of a sudden my phone is getting blown up." As of Sunday, her retweets totaled 8,042. 

In his original response to Ibrahimova, Kashuv mentioned he didn't have a tux so some of the people who retweeted her suggested a Go Fund Me account to raise money.

Ibrahimova made one and within a couple of hours raised $1,700, which paid for Kashuv's flight, hotel, a limo and dinner at Blue Sushi.

She said Kashuv wore a really nice suit, rather than a tux, but "he did buy himself a new tie."

Following the Feb. 14 shooting at his Florida high school, where 17 people were killed, Kashuv received media attention for his views on gun rights. Unlike many of his classmates, Kashuv doesn't support more restrictive gun laws.

Ibrahimova said she'd been following the gun debate and other students who have gotten lots of media attention.

"Their voices were really loud." She felt the media covered their perspective and what they were doing, but "not so much the conservative side." 

She liked what Kashuv had to say and she felt "he never really had a chance to share his voice."

Ibrahimova said she thinks political views separate people.

She describes her own political views as moderate, slightly leaning conservative. But "I don't let that affect my relationship with anyone else." 

Ibrahimova said she and Kashuv went to prom with a group of her friends. While they did talk about his experiences — like meeting President Trump and first lady Melania Trump — there was no debate about differing opinions.

Kashuv left early Sunday morning. The junior had five advanced placement classes to study for. Ibrahimova said he probably shouldn't have come, but "he did make a promise." 

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After flying in early Saturday to Omaha, Kashuv met with Gov. Pete Ricketts. 

Ibrahimova said Kashuv was super exhausted when he arrived, but the day improved.

"If you notice the picture at the airport he has no smile. With Ricketts he has a little smile. At prom, he had a big smile."

As for Ibrahimova, she was still smiling on Sunday. "It was a night I will remember forever."

But, she admitted, "I need to take a nap sometime today."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7253 or skulhanek@journalstar.com.

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Assistant city editor

Shelly Kulhanek is assistant city editor.

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