No punishment yet for students accused of bullying teen
WEST BRANCH, MI (WNEM) -
It's been nearly two weeks since some students at Ogemaw Heights High School in West Branch decided to pull a cruel prank on sophomore Whitney Kropp.
Whitney was voted to the homecoming court for her sophomore class as a joke.
A Facebook page supporting Whitney had about 1,500 "likes" when TV5 first reported the story. Since then, the page has gathered more than 63,000 supporters - and just since this morning, the page grew by more than 20,000.
More recently, support for Whitney has showed up on the online petition site www.change.org.
Originally, Whitney did not want to attend the homecoming festivities after finding out it was all a cruel prank, but the West Branch community and friends and family have stepped up to turn a seemingly negative experience into one that she will enjoy.
Despite the amazing turnaround of events, some in the community still want the students responsible to be held accountable.
"They still need to admit responsibility and accept the consequences," asserts Steven Davidson, a former substitute teacher at Ogemaw Heights High School.
Davidson is no stranger to bullying.
He described his high school years as "taken away" from him because of the bullying he endured.
Dan Cwayna, the superintendent of the West Branch-Rose City School District, told TV5 last week that he was aware of the incident but declined to comment until he had a chance to gather more information.
Tuesday, TV5 spoke with several students off-camera who claimed that they could "name everyone that was involved" with the prank.
TV5 repeatedly reached out to Cwayna for comment about the claims but he refused to comment citing privacy of the students involved as a concern.
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