Bullied teen receives national attention, support following homecoming prank

Published: Monday, Oct. 1 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Whitney Kropp, far left, was nominated to her high school's homecoming court as a joke, but she has received national support for her courage.

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Our take: Whitney Kropp, a 16-year-old sophomore at a Michigan high school, was nominated to the homecoming court as a joke. In response to the cruelty of her peers, Kropp's community rallied behind her, and the support has spread. A Facebook page titled Support Whitney Kropp now has more than 130,000 fans, and Kropp had the courage attend the homecoming event last weekend with confidence. Read more about the story on Detroit Free Press, and watch the related CNN video below.

Cheers erupted and cameras flashed Friday as Whitney Kropp stepped onto her high school football field as a star.

"I'm overwhelmed," she said later, with flowers in her hair and the straps on her red, ruffled dress sparkling under the stadium lights.

Kropp, a 16-year-old sophomore, made headlines this month when she decided to join Ogemaw Heights High School's homecoming court, despite being nominated as a joke. Many people around West Branch, as well as across the country, praised her courage and embraced her anti-bullying message.

Read more about Whitney Kropp on Detroit Free Press.

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