Whitney Kropp: Bullied Michigan Teen Shines at Homecoming Game


By Alyssa Newcomb | ABC News – 21 hrs ago


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                     For bullied high school sophomore Whitney Kropp, looking good was the best revenge.

Earlier this month, the West Branch, Mich., teen said she thought about killing herself after some classmates told her she was nominated to homecoming court as a joke.
On Friday, Kropp had the last laugh.
Local businesses rallied around the teen, donating her dress, shoes, jewelry, hair styling and makeup.
The 16-year-old was escorted by her father and grandfather to the field, where she confidently took her place in the Ogemaw Heights High School homecoming court. …
“The kids that are bullying, do not let them bring you down,” Kropp said. “Stand up for what you believe in, and go with your heart and go with your gut. That’s what I did … I’m just as happy as can be.”
** The Associated Press contributed to this report**

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Nice to see a community “ganging up on” bullies in such a positive way! Probably more effective, too, than speech codes and bureaucratically-correct “training” classes.


You know, bullies have been Around since Cain slew Abel. No amount of extrocontrols will change the fact bullies will always be with us. What the bullied need to learn is to stand up for themselves. This is part of growing up. As kids we play king of the mountain, we play tag, hide go seek. Each game has a certan amount of upsmanship. I am glad the parents are supportive and the community likewise, but I truly hope this child got the counselling she evidently needed.
Learning to cope is the job of every child growing up. Unless we learn to ‘cope’ in childhood, we will not do to well as adults.