Teenage Wasteland

When Bullying Backfires: The Whitney Kropp (Totally Inspirational) Story

So a few days ago, someone emailed me the link of an article about a girl who was named to the homecoming court as a joke. 16-year-old Whitney Kropp isnt’t very popular at her high school in her tiny town, and when she was chosen to be one of the girls to be on the homecoming court, she was beyond ecstatic. Who wouldn’t be? That’s a huge honor for teenage girls. Her excitement didn’t last long, though, because eventually she found out that it was all a joke. A bunch of kids chose her as a joke.

Okay… pause. This is beyond bullying. I thought some 8th grade boy shoving me against a locker was pretty rude, but this is way worse. I tried to imagine how Whitney felt after this, but I couldn’t. I’m new at my school, and I can understand what it’s like to want to be popular, to want people to like you, but Whitney’s story went way above the limits of anything I’ve ever experienced.

After finding out it was all a joke, you’d think Whitney would have been given at least a little bit of sympathy from her peers, but that wasn’t the case. The kids would point and laugh at her in the halls. The boy who was chosen with her withdrew. It wasn’t a very good time for her.

The people in her community soon realized what was going on, and it spread quickly through her small town. Once there had been attention brought to the situation and everyone knew about it, kids at her school started encouraging her to go to homecoming despite what had happened, and there was a Facebook page made for her support. As I’m writing this, the page has 93,000 likes and there’s a new comment on the wall every 3 seconds. I really love how encouraging everyone is towards Whitney, and I’m glad that all these bullies have been called out.

Whitney’s homecoming is this Saturday and I really hope she wins. The local salon offered to do her hair for homecoming, and numerous other local businesses offered to take care of Whitney’s dress, tiara, shoes, dinner, etc. I really think she deserves all of this, considering all the bullying that she’s experienced in the last few weeks. Handling bullying can be really tough. Do you have a bullying recovery story? Leave me a comment below, or talk to me on my Twitter! Thanks for reading!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1381727829 Trish Kinsman

    Teen bulling is a huge issue, it takes not only teens, but teachers parents and communities to stop. We have always told Holden it only takes one kid speaking up to stop. I was wrong it takes all of us…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=629105091 Joseth Scott W. Riley

    I grew up in a very similar situation, though I was never experienced anything like this. But by the time I was 10, I’d been forcefed grass, called a nobody (when I was in kindergarten), and beaten with a wooden paddle by a teacher. Somehow someway I was always the target of it. My parents always wanted me to fight back, but when it’s 10 kids doing it instead of 1, I didn’t. I knew I’d probably wind up in the hospital if I fought back. By the time high school came around, the severe bullying was limited to only one person who constantly berated me and even strangled me on a few occassions. One day, I had had enough. I challenged him to a fight at the local park. I didn’t care if I was going to get beat up, I was just tired of it. Win or lose, I was going to meet him in battle to settle it once and for all. One of my classmates even drove to the park to be a witness of what was going to happen. Guess what? The asshole didn’t even show. I gave him such a hard time about it, and from then on, if he did say anything, I just laughed at him. I graduated in 1997, and over the years, I’ve had more than a few classmates come to me and say either, “I’m sorry I gave you such a hard time”, or, “I’m sorry for not saying anything. It was wrong, and I should’ve said something.” There were times I wanted to kill myself. There were times I wanted to go and shoot everyone like what happened at Columbine. I knew how to use my dad’s shotgun and I knew where he kept the shotgun shells. But I thought that if I did any of that, then the ones that bullied me would get pitied, and the last thing they deserved was pity. Now, I’m thankful for enduring those things because it’s made me a stronger person. I’m not afraid of much anymore (if you can’t already tell by my FB photo…hehehe).

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