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Taking A Stand Against Bullying


Her classmates in West Branch voted for her as their homecoming queen but not for honor, for humiliation.

After hearing Whitney Kropp's story, it forced one holt mother to reach out and show support through social media.

When Holt resident and mom, Jamie Kline got word of how students at Ogemaw Heights planned to humiliate Whitney Kropp she was outraged.

"I've got a child Whitney's age, I don't know that I'd say she has been bullied, but she has been picked on a couple of times, it sort of hit home for me," Kline said.

"Here is this child that hasn't done anything to anyone and all of a sudden everyone has decided to play a joke on her."

So Kline decided to reach out to Whitney by creating a Facebook page, "Support Whitney Kropp".

"I don't know what I expected at the time other than maybe for the community to pay attention, see what was going on and see what was happening and just stand up and say this is not ok," Kline said.

But she didn't dream that it would sky rocket to over 96,000 likes and gain national attention in just two weeks, receiving emails and phone calls from; Dr. Phil, Today Show, Ryan Seacrest, Anderson Cooper and Good Morning America.

Jamie Kline says the response has been so overwhelming, it's like having two full time jobs, but it's an extra job she says she can live with having.

"Most of us have experienced this at some point in our life, there has got to be a way maybe not to stop it completely, but to at least take it back, slow it down, make it not so severe," Kline said.

The mother from Holt says she plans on using this incident as a stepping stone to teach both students and adults that it's ok to be yourself.

"There is plenty of people out there, obviously 96,000, that are going to love you for who you are," Kline said.

Ogemaw Heights homecoming is Friday and Kline estimates about 5,000 people will be there, most according to her Facebook page, wearing orange, Whitney's favorite color.

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