Bullies nominate girl for Homecoming court, town rallies behind her
Whitney Kropp, 16, was picked for the Ogemaw Heights High School homecoming court as a joke. But the town of West Branch Mich., has rallied behind the teen. (WNEM)
WEST BRANCH, Mich. (CNN) – Bernice Kropp was both delighted and devasted to find out her daughter was elected to this year’s Homecoming court at Ogemaw Heights High School in West Branch, Mich.
“Initially when I came home from work she was excited because she had been elected to Homecoming court,” Kropp said. “It wasn’t until later in the evening she was in her bedroom. She was upset and crying.”
It is believed that some students decided to nominate Whitney Kropp as a joke, but then she won.
“Shame on you,” Bernice said, directing her comments to those students. “You were so hurtful to her. And that’s just mean.”
Shortly after the incident, a video was put together and posted on YouTube by a graduate of Ogemaw Heights who claimed he had also been bullied on “a daily basis” at the school. That helped the word about Whitney’s predicament spread quickly throughout the community.
When the owners of Whit’s End Salon heard about it, they immediately reached out to the family.
“We’re going to do her hair,” stylist Shannon Champagne said. “As far as an up do, whatever she wants done. And we will do her nails and makeup and anything else she wants.”
And since she’ll also need a dress for the dance, The Glass Slipper stepped in.
“We took a look at a dress for her,” owner Jessica Zettle said. “We’re helping her out with a gown, as well as some other community members. Her footwear, her shoes, too. Anything to make her feel special.”
Despite being a victim of bullying, Whitney wanted to make sure the entire class didn’t take the fall, so she posted another video on YouTube.
“People have a saying,” Whitney said in the video. “The class of 2015 is a bad class. I want you guys to know that the class of 2015 is not a bad class.”
The school district said it is aware of the allegations, but the superintendent did not want to comment on camera until he has gathered more information.
The superintendent did say that the district will not tolerate any form of bullying.