That’s pretty much all you can say about the cruel prank classmates at Ogemaw Heights High School played on sophomore Whitney Kropp. From The Detroit News:
High school student Whitney Kropp was shocked earlier this month when she was named to the homecoming court.
Her happy surprise turned to humiliation when she learned the reason. The students thought it would be funny if the popularity contest was won by someone who was unpopular.
Kids pointed at her in the hallways and laughed. The boy who was picked with her withdrew.
Students told her that, in case she was wondering why the boy had dropped out, he was uncomfortable being linked with her.
“I thought I wasn’t worthy,” said Kropp, 16. “I was this big old joke.”
Her embarrassment was complete, but it didn’t last long.
This tiny farm town an hour north of Saginaw quickly rallied around her.
So it’s nice that the whole town is now supporting Kropp, but what about all of the kids who participated in this prank? Sure they’re now probably out their pretending to be supportive, but they’re the ones who started this and they were more than happy to cause whatever horrible outcome that may have occurred.
How bad could it have got? Here’s an interview with Kropp at WNEM:
Whitney, a sophomore at Ogemaw Heights High School, said she’s been picked on in the past.
But she said the bullying hit a new high this year when she was voted in as the sophomore representative for this year’s homecoming court. She said she felt betrayed because after she won, some of her classmates said she was selected as a joke. That betrayal was hard for her to swallow.
“I had actually reached a point where I had thought about suicide for how bad this case was in,” Whitney said. “I thought I wasn’t worthy at Ogemaw Heights at all.”
Thankfully in this case the support shown for Whitney helped her stand up to her bullying classmates. It doesn’t always end that well. The kids behind the prank still need to be identified and punished,