Compassionate Community Changes the Life of a Bullied Teen!

What a powerful example of how residents of a small community demonstrated extraordinary compassion to a teen who was part of a homecoming hoax!

Good news:  Sixteen year old Whitney Kropp was ecstatic when she learned that she was nominated to be homecoming queen at her high school in West Branch, Michigan!

Bad news:  She later learned that it was a prank that some classmates orchestrated because they thought it would be funny for someone “unpopular” to be nominated. According to Detroit's WXYZ-TV, Whitney was crushed and angered and said she felt “unworthy” and actually thought about suicide. 

It is understandable that Whitney wanted to drop out and not attend the homecoming events. However, her mother, grandmother and sister convinced her to stay in the running. 

Residents of the small town of West Branch demonstrated extraordinary compassion and support as they rallied around Whitney! A Facebook page was created supporting her, and local businesses donated a dress, accessories, and salon services.  Residents of West Branch, Michigan will be cheering for Whitney at the homecoming events this weekend!

Whitney Kropp explained to Detroit NBC news, "I'm excited to go because I can prove everyone wrong and say, you know, I'm not this joke that you guys thought of." You guys doing this has made me stronger, and I've got more self-esteem than what I had.”

What an amazing and heart-warming ending!  Do you know other happy endings to bullying situations?  Please share!

About the blogger: Judy S. Freedman, a licensed clinical social worker and bullying prevention specialist, is the author of Easing the Teasing – Helping Your Child Cope with Name-Calling, Ridicule, and Verbal Bullying. She lectures and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and mental health professionals throughout the country. Learn more about Judy and her work at www.easingtheteasing.com.

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Resident 225 September 26, 2012 at 08:33 PM
McCloud - I write very pointed, pithy responses to your posts and then realize I'm stooping to your level so I delete them. A little compassion for your fellow man would go a long way in your case.
Stan Golovchuk September 26, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Cyber bullies are a menace too. Much like the Incredible Hulk, attacking (or sending frustrated responses) gives them strength. Still, I'm glad to see most of you find Judy's blogs as thought-provoking and interesting as I do. Keep up the great work, Judy!
Judy S. Freedman, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. September 29, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Feel good follow-up.....According to "Support Whitney Kropp on Facebook": WHAT A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT!!!!! Let me share with you the beautiful things I saw tonight. The Cadillac crew was all in orange and looking great. The stands were full. Whitney was amazingly beautiful and the surprise.... For all of the bad press, I really think you need to know what the senior class did. I think it's important for you to know. The young man that was voted Homecoming King has Downs Syndrome. He was not voted King as a joke, he was voted King because he is loved.
annie September 29, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Ok I am not an expert by any means, but I have found that kids usually are carbon copies of their parents. If the parents are whiners, their kids are whiners. If kids bully, someone in their life, is usually controlling, and its usually a parent, OR the kid isn't getting enough attention from his parents and uses bullying, bad behavior to get SOME attention from them.
Donny October 01, 2012 at 06:04 PM


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