The Homecoming Prank and Its Reversal

Sophomore Whitney Kropp was excited to be voted as class rep to the homecoming court at her high school, but later learned that the whole thing was a prank. Bullies at her school thought that it would be funny if the most unpopular student actually won the popularity contest.

But the twisted tale has a happy ending when the whole town learned about the affair and decided to come out full force behind the teen:

Word of the prank quickly spread through this small town, whose water tower is a yellow smiley face. Kropp's sister told her friends, who told their parents, who told their friends. The Facebook support page was created, quickly drawing hundreds of messages of encouragement. The page has more likes (more than 3,500) than the town has people (2,100).

A bank account was opened for Kropp's homecoming expenses but wasn't needed. So many businesses donated services that everything was covered.

Shannon Champagne and another beauty salon worker offered their services and asked other businesses to do the same. "It really touched me. I can't believe that kids can be so mean and ruthless," said Champagne, 28, a nail tech at Whit's End Hair Studio. "In high school, everything means everything to you. You don't realize that none of it will matter after you leave."

Francis Donnelly of The Detroit News has the story: Link (Photo: Dale G. Young/The Detroit News)

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I hope this is the wake up call the school needs to stop the popularity contests all together. They don't add anything to the educational experience or to the festivities. Homecoming would be just as fun, and for some more fun, if they did away with having a Homecoming Court at all. With a high-profile ugly prank like that, the time is perfect to make this year the last year for voting in a Court. If a few boosters or former Kings and Queens or whatever wanted to complain about discontinuing the tradition, the school could quickly silence those complaints by reminding them of what happened this year. If the kids today don't enjoy and respect the tradition enough that they abused it this year for a mean joke, there's no good reason to keep the tradition alive.
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