JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This is a story of how Michael Long II became a king.
There was a time when Long wouldn't look people in the eye or let anyone touch him.
Slowly the teenager became comfortable with giving some at Baldwin Middle Senior High a half embrace.
But now Michael is so confident, he'll shake a stranger's hand and even give a lucky few a full loving hug.
In fact, he has so successfully emerged from his shell, his peers crowned him Prom King.
Long, 19, has high-functioning autism and his early years at Baldwin were often difficult.