16 Year-Old Becomes Homecoming Hero By Standing Up Against Bullying [AUDIO]
What happens when a bully tries to pull a joke on a strong-willed 16-year-old girl? She ends up with a hometown standing behind her, and a $1,000 shopping spree to shop Fine N’ Funky!
16-year-old Whitney Kropp was subjected to bullying at school when other students thought it would be funny to nominate her for Homecoming Court just for the purpose of pranking and making fun of her. Whitney called into On Air with Ryan Seacrest to talk about her heart-breaking experience, and the courage it took to overcome it.
What Was Whitney’s Initial Reaction Upon Finding Out About The Prank?
“Some kids decided to put me into Homecoming Court, as a joke. [When I found out] I was devastated. I was in tears. I told my mom I wanted to get out of [it]. She decided to call the school and see if I could be taken out of Homecoming Court. But then I told her don’t do that, because people are just going to see me as the girl that dropped out. I wanted to prove people wrong.”
What Does Whitney Want To Say To The Bullies?
“The votes were anonymous, so we didn’t know who did this. As far as me, my sister, and my mom are concerned, we are not worried about it anymore. It doesn’t bother me. I just want to go prove these kids wrong and show them what I’m worth; show them that I’m not the joke that people think I am.”
How Has Whitney’s Hometown Helped Her Face This Incident?
“People in [the community] are doing my hair, make up and nails for the dance. There’s a couple here who bought my gown, my shoes and a tiara. People are making their own shirts. They’re going to be wearing orange and teal. Orange is my favorite color, and teal is to represent the anti-bullying.”
What Does Whitney Have To Say About Her Support System?
“I get [my confidence] from my mom. My mom is really confident with me. And if it wasn’t for my mom and my sister and my whole family I wouldn’t be proving my story; I probably would have dropped out by now.”
Ryan and Ellen K. tell Whitney that although it’s “cruddy the way things went down, she is the better person in this, and she is going to learn a lot.” Not to mention, they threw a $1,000 shopping spree to Fine N’ Funky!! “Stick with your gut kiddo,” Ryan tells Whitney. “You sound like you know exactly what you want and how to get it, so you keep doing that.” We’re happy to see Whitney standing up to bullies everywhere!