Friday Fightback: Community Rallies Around Bullied Teen Elected To Homecoming Court As A Joke
Meet Whitney Kropp.
(photo courtesy of Support Whitney Kropp Facebook page)
By all appearances, Whitney looks like any normal 16-year-old would – happy, carefree, hair a little on the wild side and marching to the beat of a different drummer (as we ALL did when we were her age). Sometimes it’s these things that separate you from the crowd and douchesticks single you out for their bullying needs…which is sadly what happened here.
Fortunately, this story has a happy “in your FACE, bullies” happy ending, courtesy of the town she lives in.
On September 13th, Whitney Kropp was sitting in her Geometry class at West Branch’s Ogemaw Heights High School when it was announced over the P.A. that she was voted as Sophomore rep for her school’s Homecoming court but that surprise and elation quickly turned to sadness and thoughts of suicide when she realized it was a prank when some of her classmates started teasing her quite badly and the boy voted as her escort turned down his nomination.
“I had actually reached a point where I had thought about suicide for how bad this case was in, I thought I wasn’t worthy at Ogemaw Heights at all.” – Kropp said in an interview.
And that’s when it happened.
When you live in a small town – farming or otherwise - like Ogemaw Heights, EVERYbody knows your business. When news of this prank spread through the community of 2,100, businesses rallied around Kropp to let her know this was NOT cool and she IS worthy.
(photo courtesy of John Winter/Facebook)
With a Facebook support page aptly titled Support Whitney Kropp (along with my clicking “like” is now 100,506 strong), businesses in the community rallied around Kropp by donating their time and services to make sure she shows up to Homecoming with a fierce new dress, hair, make-up, dance/dinner paid for in full and, hopefully, an amazing night to remember.
Kropp’s mother, Bernice, told WNEM-TV that the support has encouraged her daughter to forget about the bullies for once and is now excited to attend the dance.
“This was something that was really awful, could have ended awful, and because so many people came together, it just turned right around.”
This kind of pranking is nothing new, there was a girl at my school known as “Peppermint Patty” who was also nominated to Homecoming court in this manner but back then, adults/educators just turned a blind eye to this kind of behavior. I kinda wish I would’ve stepped up like this and done something about it.
With the game tonight and the dance Saturday night, I, too, am excited for Whitney and have much love for the town of Ogemaw Heights right now. You people are my heroes today.
Have fun, Whit!! Post pictures so I can see your smiling face!!