By Tom Z
9:40 AM EDT, September 28, 2012
Social media has made bullying a lot easier for high school students. At the same time, it’s exposed the bullies while providing a network of support for the victims. Case in point, Whitney Kropp of West Branch, Michigan. Kropp was the victim of bullying when classmates voted her homecoming queen as a joke. It was heartbreaking for Kropp, that is until someone in the community created a Facebook page to show support. The page has thousands of likes and has led to offers from local businesses. From NBC News:
Jen Case, who is with Whit’s End Salon in West Branch, said the salon owner donated services to cut, color and style Kropp’s hair. "Bullying is a big thing and we wanted to turn this into a positive moment," Case said.
Other local businesses are paying for Whitney’s dinner, gown, shoes and a tiara for the dance.
I know the other kids in her school were intending to make fun of this girl, but voting someone homecoming queen is not much of an insult. Even if it’s done ironically, she’s still the homecoming queen in the end. It’s like “ironically” giving someone $100. I’m shocked that things like this still happen 2012. When you try to flatter someone as a joke, the so-called victim always has the last laugh. Has Freddie Prinze taught us nothing?!?
PS - If this is what constitutes bullying these days, I’d like to immediately sign up as a bullying victim. You know what would be an awesome prank? If all my coworkers got together, and as a joke, they gave me a huge promotion. That would really stick it to me.
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