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Bullied Teen Voted onto Homecoming Court as a Prank Gets the Last Laugh


I love it when a mean prank backfires on its perpetrators. Which is exactly what happened when bullies at Ogemaw Heights High School got sophomore Whitney Kropp elected to the homecoming court as a joke, leaving the sixteen-year-old crying in the bathroom and considering suicide after she realized she was being made fun of. But Kropp’s still going to homecoming, and now she’s doing it with shoes, a limo, a dress and more provided by local businesses after the small town of West Branch, Michigan rallied around the teen. The Support Whitney Kropp Facebook page has amassed over 88,000 likes in a matter of days, and the publicity surrounding the prank and community response has led to increased conversation about “innocent” high school pranks.

It’s unclear yet as to whether the teens who orchestrated the prank will be punished, and I hope for Kropp’s sake that they don’t decide to give her a hard time at the dance. Though Kropp’s humiliation must have been an awful thing to go through—I’m cringing just reading about it—we can hope that the awareness it’s raised does at least a tiny bit to lessening the amount of bullying that many teens have to go through on a day-to-day basis.

(via: Neatorama)

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  • Anonymous

    I trust they had people scanning the rafters for buckets?

  • http://twitter.com/StevenRayMorris Steven Ray Morris

    The bullies should be shown the original Carrie.

  • http://www.commonplacebook.com electrasteph

    Maybe it’s time to leave the whole tradition of a court of “special shiny kids” for any given dance behind to begin with. Aside from being unduly heteronormative, it’s too often used as a weapon for abuse like this.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I can dig that.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Reading the inside story, I was thinking that she would be unusual in some way, but no…she’s your standard teenager with all the trappings of a typical teen, so this isn’t like Angus at all (which is what I was originally thinking), so I have to wonder why she was unpopular. It’s usually easy to ostracize someone for how they look and that’s the norm, so I wonder.

    Curiosity aside, screw all of those little jerks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joelle-Nichole/100003033504111 Joelle Nichole

    Seriously! It is one of the dumbest traditions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kf.schulte Kate Schulte
  • Galena Ostipow

    I think (as a start) they should be banned from attending the dance themselves. Fitting punishment for the jackasses who tried to ruin this girl’s enjoyment of it–it should be ruined for them instead.

  • http://twitter.com/ValerieTheK Val K.

    These mean spirited kids deciding to elect the unpopular girl in a popularity contest acutally made her more “popular” than anyone in that high school. I live in South Carolina and know who she is now! I bet these kids didn’t count on a backfire of this magnitude!

  • http://twitter.com/crlanei C. R. Lanei

    Any difference is enough to ostracize someone. Appearance is easiest but kids have wonderful imaginations when it comes to cruelty, this only expands during the teenage years. If you really pay attention to who gets ostracized while you’re growing up there are plenty of fairly typical individuals in the mix. Part of why they aren’t always believed when they try to seek help.

  • http://twitter.com/glassmonkey Cam

    It’s a shame that these things still happen. I’m glad people rallied in support of her.

  • http://twitter.com/glassmonkey Cam

    It’s a shame that these things still happen. I’m glad people rallied in support of her.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I believe that and, well, of course, but my sympathies will always lie with those that are bullied for surface reasons. You can hide or overcome your history, correct a speed impediment, and so on, but the face you see in the mirror rarely changes and mirrors are everywhere.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Oh, man. Genius. YES. And it’s not an unusual punishment or anything. They should do this. Galena for President!

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    They should be forced into a reenactment of it.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Agreed. Years down the line the only people to whom the whole Homecoming Court experience will have mattered are A) people who were on it, and B) people who were bullied because of it. (In this case, both.) Not worth it.

  • OdinsEye

    “If everyone is special, no one is”

  • OdinsEye

    Good Idea.

  • OdinsEye

    Seriously bad parenting causes behavior like this, or lack of parenting most likely. I doubt these kids just suddenly became horrible, this was probably the first time they were caught.

  • http://www.commonplacebook.com electrasteph

    Yeah, whatever. I hated the very premise of that full-of-crap ayn rand movie. Who gets to decide what’s “special” and who gets extra attention/privilege/perks because of it?

  • OdinsEye

    I’d say the students themselves decide, and the school administration does.
    Not saying they are special ,at all, for being voted to a home coming court. I’m just saying not everyone is special.

  • Anonymous

    I can be special without inflicting harm on others which is the root of the problem here.

  • http://wrongsirwrong.blogspot.com/ Magic Xylophone

    I, uh… I don’t get it. What was the prank? They weren’t going to spill pig’s blood on her at the dance, were they?

  • OdinsEye

    Can you? I’m impressed

  • Anonymous

    I’m confused as well. Then again, I avoided social events in school – I don’t even know whether my school had this kind of event – so I don’t really know what it entails.

  • Anonymous

    You’re right, they should decide. And they’re totes not effected by the abusive culture we all live in, where some are privileged based on the color of their skin and what they have between their legs. It’s completely fair! :D

  • OdinsEye

    I was told life wasn’t fair,as a child. Turns out they were right.

  • Jenny Islander

    AFAICT, the intent was the same the year all the popular junior high girls had memory books and went around asking the unpopular kids to provide comments or signatures for certain pages, and then scribbled “THINGS DUMBSHITS SAID TO ME” on the top of those pages while the unpopular kids were watching, and walked off snickering to each other. So she was supposed to show up in full Homecoming Queen regalia and walk a gauntlet of sneers and laughter because she should have known it was a joke, gol, she was so styewpid, teehee.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000731711878 Emma Lloyd

    Thing is, life is unfair enough that there’s no need for humans to actively make it more so for each other.

  • Anonymous

    I’m totally fine with no one being special.

  • OdinsEye

    Lol, well some people are.

  • http://twitter.com/diefrankenmaus Kate

    As far as I could tell, she was picked on because she’s one of the only Goth girls in a teeny tiny little school.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Really? It must be one seriously podunk little town.

  • MSJ

    We have just been informed that Life Isn’t Fair. With the introduction of that valuable information, all attempts at effecting social change and making the world a better place shall cease immediately. It has been decreed.

  • OdinsEye

    Pity that attempts at sarcasm to create social change do not work. I would have tried that.

  • OdinsEye

    Very true, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

  • Anonymous

    This used to happen all the time at my school too. Here’s a bright idea, GET RID OF PROM KING AND QUEEN. Jesus, I think the kids will live without one! Really, the teachers and administrators that work at the school are responsible for this. When kids abuse a privilege, you take it away, clear and simple.

    Teenagers are always going to be horrible, it’s up to the teachers to take steps to insure that their students are safe, and not to continue to create opportunities for bullying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=735330678 Christopher Haley

    Was there some pig’s blood planned for this event? I’m having a hard time understanding what the prank was other than electing her onto the homecoming court. Was she elected court jester or something? What was she being made fun of for? This story needs some context.

  • Anonymous

    It’s true, life is often unfair. And often there’s not a thing that can be done about problems we encounter. But sometimes there is.

    It’s really not hard for schools to throw the “Homecoming King/Queen” tradition in the trash, where it belongs. If your only argument for keeping it is “Well life isn’t fair,” frankly there’s no shortage of things that teach that lesson which people AREN’T able to get rid of as easily as stupid school traditions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hope.marshall.58 Hope Marshall

    Why does homecoming court have to be all about the “pretty girls”? I mean all children are beautiful and sweet in their own way. I am glad that this turned out for her like it did! My child was a victim of bullying and I showed her this video on how to stop bullying. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPR_-zDMD8A&feature=plcp.