This story makes my heart ache. High school wasn’t easy for many of us, and Whitney Kropp’s recent experience reminds all high school survivors that cruelty will always exist within a school’s walls. Apparently, some girls from a small Michigan town didn’t figure out that whole moral thingy to Carrie‘s story. Instead, they went ahead and jokingly voted for the unpopular Kropp for Homecoming court because they cannot grasp the concept of tasteful humor. Read Kropp’s story and what the community did in response to her humiliation after the jump.
Earlier this month at Ogemaw Heights High School, sophomore Whitney Kropp heard her name on the morning announcements for Homecoming court nominations. Being as unpopular as she was, she was totally shocked but still very excited. But her initial sentiments became heavily tested throughout the day. Classmates in the hallways started pointing and laughing at her. And then she heard that her male counterpart withdrew his name from the court because he felt uncomfortable being named next to her. Fighting the negative energy surrounding her, Kropp kept her head up and managed to maintain her joy.
That night, she updated her Facebook status:
“In the Homecoming Court! ” she wrote on her Facebook page. “Little nervous but this is going to be fun ”
“Probably not with Josh though,” wrote back a sophomore girl.
“He couldnt do it cause of football plus he never goes to homecoming,” said Kropp.
“That’s not what he told everybody,” said the girl.
“what did he say?” asked Kropp.
The other girl didn’t respond.
“Oh. Well it don’t matter to me anyways,” Kropp wrote four minutes later. “I thought it would be awkward anyways.”
That night, Kropp’s mom found her crying in her bedroom. She no longer wanted to do it.
Isn’t picking on the unpopular friggin’ HILARIOUS?!
Whitney Kropp’s mom encouraged her daughter to show the bullies that they failed. Go to Homecoming and have a blast! Whitney then updated her Facebook status to : “”Going to homecoming to show them that I’m not a joke… Im a beautiful person and you shouldn’t mess with me!”
Word spread of Whitney’s humiliation but ultimate courage to rise above the cruel joke. The town then created a Facebook support page which amassed a huge following in no time. Local businesses offered to treat her for her big Homecoming night: nails, dress, dinner, pictures, you name it. Now Whitney is embracing the support and happy she had the guts to stand up to her bullies with the entire town to back her.
The school says it is investigating the incident.
I feel for this girl. Being a chubby, pimply and oftentimes stuttering mixed race girl, I had my fair share of bullying from my hometown’s aspiring beacon of snobbery. Thankfully, school administrations across the country are finally acknowledging the deteriorating disgrace that is bullying. I mean, have you seen Carrie? All that verbal abuse can make the wrong person crack, so you better ease off, mean girls.
What do you think of this story?