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article imageBullied teen ends up being honored at her school's homecoming

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By Cynthia Trowbridge     Sep 29, 2012 in Lifestyle
Some of Whitney Kropp's classmates played a cruel joke on her by electing her to the high school's homecoming court in West Branch Michigan.
Whitney Kropp a 16-year old student at Ogemaw Heights High School was thrilled when she found out she had been elected to the homecoming court for her sophomore class.
Her happiness turned to a deep feeling of humiliation when she was told by other students that a group of popular kids at the school had nominated her as a prank. Whitney has been picked on before but she said this time the bullying hit a new high.
According to wnem.com Kopp said, "I had actually reached a point where I had thought about suicide for how bad this case was in. I thought I wasn't worthy at Ogemaw Heights at all."
Her family and friends encouraged her to go ahead and attend the homecoming. As the news spread she received support from the community and local businesses. On Facebook she has 117K likes showing support and a call to stop bullying.
A bank account that was set up for Kropp's homecoming expenses was never needed as local businesses donated their services.
Shannon Champagne and another beauty salon worker offered their services to do Kropp's hair, nails and makeup.
As reported by detroitnews.com Champagne, a nail tech at Whit's End Hair Studio said,"It really touched me. I can't believe that kids can be so mean and ruthless. In high school, everything means everything to you. You don't realize that none of it will matter after you leave."
Other businesses will buy her dinner, take the photos, give her a gown, shoes and a tiara.
A graduate from Ogemaw Heights, Donny Winter, made the second video in this report. He felt it was important to speak up because he was also bullied.
wnem.com reports Winter said "Bullying cannot be resolved by silence, it has to be resolved by actually stating what's happening and actually saying it's wrong,"
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