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Victim Of School Prank Becomes Homecoming Princess, Town Rallies To Fight Bullying

Victim of school prank elected homecoming princess, town rallies behind her

Whitney Kropp was sitting in her geometry class at Ogemaw Heights High School when she heard her name announced over the PA system: She had made Homecoming Court, representing the sophomore class.

For many 16-year-old girls, Homecoming is a big deal. For weeks, months even, leading up to the big weekend, everyone talks dresses and dates and hair and makeup, who they’re going to the game with, and who they will vote as Homecoming Court.

For the popular girls, making Homecoming Court is the ultimate goal: to ride in the convertible around the football field at half-time, to go to the dance on the quarterback’s arm. For the unpopular kids, it’s a chance to have a good time at the game, to dance and enjoy the night, and to dream about what it would be like to be one of those popular girls.

Whitney Kropp, with her black clothes and dyed hair, is not one of the popular girls.

Shocked at the news, Whitney was nevertheless excited. Today.com reports a conversation Whitney had with a friend on Facebook after the announcement:

“In the Homecoming Court! :) Little nervous but this is going to be fun :D”

“Probably not with Josh though,” wrote back a sophomore girl.

Whitney found out then that Josh Awry, a football player and sophomore rep, had allegedly withdrawn. The Detroit News reports that Whitney heard “that other classrooms had laughed when her name was announced.”

According to The Detroit News, the students who voted for Whitney, 16, “thought it would be funny if the popularity contest was won by someone unpopular.”

Whitney’s mother, Bernice Kropp, claims that her daughter “was getting ridiculed at school and on Facebook” after the announcement, reports Today.com.

“I thought I wasn’t worthy,” said Whitney told The Detroit News. “I was this big old joke.”

But news travels fast in small towns, and soon other parents had heard about the prank played at Whitney’s expense. A neighbor formed a Facebook page in defense of Whitney, and, soon, the whole town banned together to make the sophomore’s Homecoming a night to remember. Bullying is a serious issue in many schools around the nation, and Whitney’s town wasn’t about to let her handle this case of bullying all by herself.

Bernice Kropp told The Detroit News, “Other kids started coming up to her and saying, ‘Whitney, don’t let them stop you from going to homecoming. You need to go ahead, you need to do it.’ ”

So, for Homecoming weekend in West Branch, Michigan, Whitney Knopp will be named the sophomore Homecoming Princess. Like one collective Fairy Godmother, the town will all participate in her debut. Whitney’s hair and makeup will be done by a salon in town and her dress, shoes, and tiara will be donated by local businesses. She will ride in a convertible around the football field, solely representing the sophomore class. The crowd in the stands will not only be cheering for football, many will be wearing orange T-shirts that read “Team Whitney!” Orange, while not a school color at Ogemaw Heights High School, is Whitney’s favorite color.

“It’s hard to eclipse high school football in a small town,” reports The Detroit News, “But, this Friday, West Branch will give it a try.”

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31 Responses to “Victim Of School Prank Becomes Homecoming Princess, Town Rallies To Fight Bullying”

  1. Richard Allen

    Wow that is wonderful. Whitney stand with your head held high because it is you that got the last laugh!

  2. Kim Casey

    You go Whitney. The same thing happened to me when I was a Junior. Class counselor, principal and guidance counselor all tried to push me to drop out. The guy (who also didn't want it) was going to drop. But I stood up for myself and all the others like me. I knew this was a position that the populars wanted and the worst thing I could do to them was to stand my ground and take that place. The guy stayed in because he said that he admired me for standing my ground. We had a great time and I hope you do to!

  3. Stacy Scabin

    You go Whitney, hold your head high honey you deserve it. Stand tall and be proud

  4. Gretchen Williams

    Whitney this is awesome. You go and have a wonderful time. You have the whole town behind you. Please send a picture so we can see you in your dress. :)

  5. Julie Marie Johns

    That's awesome! She deserves to feel like a princess, almost every girl does. I almost made Tolo Court my Sophomore year, but my mom forgot to tell me to go to the basketball game, so I didn't get it. She felt bad so she bought me a tiara.

  6. Lindsey Green

    The same thing happened at my school to a girl senior year. She was in band and very quiet and had very few friends. I graduated mid-term so I had found this out at the time of prom. I would of kicked the kids ass laughing in class and the kids for nominating her or humiliated this somehow like they did her. I am not a bully but I bullied the bullies. Kids and Teens could be so cruel. She actually went through with it and went, she didn't win but it is just so sad that this happens. I am sure it probably haunts her to this day and she would be 30-31 years old.

  7. Lindsey Green

    The same thing happened at my school to a girl senior year. She was in band and very quiet and had very few friends. I graduated mid-term so I had found this out at the time of prom. I would of kicked the kids ass laughing in class and the kids for nominating her or humiliated this somehow like they did her. I am not a bully but I bullied the bullies. Kids and Teens could be so cruel. She actually went through with it and went, she didn't win but it is just so sad that this happens. I am sure it probably haunts her to this day and she would be 30-31 years old.

  8. Lindsey Green

    If that had happened to me as a joke it would of been a remake of the movie Carrie with the pigs blood lol. I guess maybe I am a little crazy, maybe that is why no one picked on me lolol

  9. Helen Manhan

    You show them Whitney! Smile and have the best time ever! I want to see pictures of your fairy tale night!

  10. Michelle Pothier Brown

    Way to go Whitney. Have the time of your life. I hope we get to see pictures and hear all about your wonderful night.

  11. Kenny Lockamy

    That's a pretty damn good prank. She should have known better. My mother taught me to take things like this with a grain of salt, which means get over it. This is not bullying.

  12. Kim Casey

    Actually, my advisers called it "being pimped into a situation". Coming from experience, YES, it is Bullying. I was mortified when it happened to me. But they're bad. that was the straw that broke the camel's back. By some STUPID joke, I cheated them out of what they Worked so hard to attain.

  13. Barbara Scott

    I can't stand for kids to hurt each other by being so cruel and stuck up. It's horrible. They need not one, but plenty of good ole fashioned ass whippins!!!

  14. Angie Martin

    She needs to ask her favorite celebrity to go to homecoming with her. I bet he'd go with her. I was bullied in school, too, and even had friends play similar pranks (although never this elaborate and organized). I don't think she should change who she is, though. I think if she's part of an outcast group, she should just own it. Wear the most awesome, crazy dress and do your hair wild! Show that you are BETTER than them, like Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray!