Talk About Town: When Should Schools Step in During Cases of Bullying?
A small town has rallied around a bullied girl elected to Homecoming Court turning a negative into a positive, but should the school have stepped in sooner?
In the small Michigan town of West Branch, a community has come together to support Whitney Kropp, a sophomore at Ogemaw Heights High School who was nominated by the students as a prank for the school's Homecoming Court, according to a story from The Detroit News.
Support for the 16-year-old came swiftly across the state and nation as a Facebook page, Support Whitney Kropp, was created offering encouragement and words of support for the young woman. The page currently has more than 87,000 "likes" and continues to grow as Whitney prepares for her big night at her school's Homecoming this Friday.
With local businesses footing the bill, Whitney will show up in front of her classmates wearing a new dress and her hair and makeup done. Family, friends and other community members have also shown their support, according to the Detroit News story and Facebook postings, and the school says they will investigate the incident.
Is it a little too late, however, for the schools to be stepping in now? Even though this situation has turned into a positive moment for Whitney, the outcome could have been drastically different.
If the teachers or administration were aware of this "prank" on another student that was meant to cause public humilation on a large high school scale, is it the school's responsibilty to step in somehow and prevent it?
Hartland Patch wants to know: Should the schools have stopped this "prank" sooner by stepping during the voting period - before the court was announced- or let it play out?
Should some of the students be punished for voting for a student as a mean prank?
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