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    Town turns tables on school prank

    Town turns tables on school prank
    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...xt%7CFRONTPAGE

    West Branch, Mich. 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.


    It's like "Carrie" with a happy ending.

    The tables have turned on the bullies.




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    Thumbs up

    Glad to hear it turned out well. I had a similar incident happen to me in high school. I was secretly voted upon to be a winner in the class calendar. It was announced on the P.A. After I took the picture and it came out good in the calendar, I was told it was a joke, because they didn't expect me to take such a good picture!!!
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    I guess the joke is on them.
    Just my opinion

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    That was a nice ending to a bad story. Bullies are cowards.
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    Smile A "Cinderella" Story

    September 28, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Bullied West Branch student is ready to shine
    By Lauren Abdel-Razzaq
    The Detroit News

    West Branch When Whitney Kropp is introduced tonight as part of Ogemaw Heights High School's homecoming court, the spotlight won't just be on her.

    The small farming town of West Branch will be thrust further into a national media frenzy and not everyone is happy about it.Much of the town has rallied around Kropp, with businesses donating a dress, flowers and a salon trip to the 16-year-old sophomore after classmates voted her onto the homecoming court as a joke.

    Some residents fear the incident will tarnish West Branch's image; others see it as a lesson on the consequences of bullying. It's left the town overwhelmed...

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...#ixzz27mHRvF73

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    A really happy ending would be if this girl could get some sort of 4 year scholarship to leave and attend a really classy non snobby or ignorant private school that focuses on some special talent or interest she has instead of beauty and popularity . I hope all the hoopla dossn't affect her remaining school years in a bad way.

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    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

    This is a picture of the Cadillac students signing a banner supporting Whitney....they are the visiting team in her HS homecoming game tonight! Awesome to see that!

    The support Whitney FB: https://www.facebook.com/SupportWhitneyKropp?ref=stream

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    These are kids from the visiting school (Cadillac) great support for Whitney!
    orange.jpg


    Whitney and her male sophomore court member:
    truck.jpg

    Whitney and her dad:
    whitdad.jpg

    The homecoming king:
    king.jpg

    Has downs syndrome - was NOT voted in as a joke

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    http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/i...o_the_fie.html


    Sixteen-year-old Kropp said that she was thankful for the support she received in the wake of her nomination.

    She has advice for other people are are the victims of bullying.

    "I would tell them to be brave," Kropp said. "Look where it got me."

    The Ogemaw Heights High School stadium was packed with students, parents, alumni and supporters. Many dressed in orange — Kropp's favorite color — to honor her at the game.

    A number of news organizations also attended the game, including The Detroit Free Press, CNN and The Detroit News.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longtallcold View Post
    These are kids from the visiting school (Cadillac) great support for Whitney!
    orange.jpg


    Whitney and her male sophomore court member:
    truck.jpg

    Whitney and her dad:
    whitdad.jpg

    The homecoming king:
    king.jpg

    Has downs syndrome - was NOT voted in as a joke
    THANK you for that photo display, especially the Homecoming king who was NOT voted in as a joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longtallcold View Post
    GREAT for her. I think anyone looking at her pic will see that she is actually beautiful - not in a pitying way, but really. She's a beautiful girl, by any standard.

    Great that she has so much support. All it takes is leadership.

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    September 29, 2012 at 1:00 am

    West Branch cheers teen's homecoming triumph
    By Lauren Abdel-Razzaq
    The Detroit News

    West Branch Whitney Kropp's hometown embraced her Friday night, completing her transformation from bullied to beloved.

    Voted on to the homecoming court at Ogemaw Heights High School as a joke, the 16-year-old sophomore was greeted by cheers Friday during halftime of the school's football game against Cadillac, with some supporters even shouting "Whit-ney! Whit-ney!"

    Her appearance at the game capped an outpouring of support that built locally and nationally through the week.

    "I'm so happy," said the teen. "It's just so much right now for me. I had thoughts about not coming but I actually changed my mind and came out. I just thought maybe I won't have fun. But I'm having a lot of fun right now."

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...#ixzz27rlk9QEb

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    I didn't see much local news yesterday and missed this:

    Subject of apparent school prank in spotlight, not 1st bullying claim for school district

    Rose City Area Schools was to make anti-bullying efforts after discrimination lawsuit prior to Whitney Kropp's claim


    Published On: Sep 28 2012 11:48:35 AM EDT Updated On: Sep 28 2012 04:23:36 PM EDT

    http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/S...b/-/index.html

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    I'm holding back tears, here... a large dam of them. From a girl that was dubbed ugly and strange, all through school I say: You go, Whitney! I am so glad people came to her defense and lifted her up.

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    September 30, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Bullied teen gains confidence; West Branch seeks return to normalcy
    By Lauren Abdel-Razzaq
    The Detroit News

    West Branch — Bullied teen Whitney Kropp, who was voted as a joke to homecoming court, attended the school dance with her head held high and with the support of an entire town behind her.

    On Saturday, the 16-year-old Ogemaw Heights High School sophomore attended the homecoming dance with her boyfriend. She wore the orange, floor-length feathered dress donated by a local dress shop and two families. Her hair and makeup was done, also donated by a salon in town. News media was not allowed inside the dance...

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...#ixzz27xgZ6uJl

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