High school is torture. There's probably not a socially accepted route around it -- you have to go -- but it is not fun, for anyone. It wasn't fun for Carrie White, that's for sure. Carrie was invited to her prom as a joke, then her class mates made it even more cruel by nominating her to be Prom Queen, only to douse her in pigs blood. The story climaxes as Carrie brings down the house and gets sweet revenge.
That's what Carrie is, at the core, right? It's a revenge story. The bullied kid unleashes the fire inside of her -- fire she has kept pent up and locked away deep down -- on her classmates. In the simple plot line, it goes like this: What if a girl with special powers was the kid that got bullied at school? Wouldn't it be cool if the day she really got control of her powers was the day her enemies hurt her the most?
But what if the story could turn out different? What if a teen was nominated for something like prom -- say Homecoming -- as a joke. But what if in the end, she didn't kill them all, instead she shined. (Really shined, not shined in the Shining sort of shined.)
Whitney Kropp was nominated by her school mates to be on the Homecoming court. Imagine how excited she was -- until she learned it was nothing more than a joke carried out by the popular kids. They were being mean. She says she was depressed and even thought about suicide. She told CNN that she felt like "trash." But her town rallied around her. That's right, the entire town!
Sarah Medina at Huffington Post writes:
The 'Support Whitney Kropp' Facebook page, created by a stranger on her behalf, quickly got 3,500 "likes," far exceeding the entire West Branch population of 2,100. The page is dedicated to raising awareness about high school bullying and posting tips about how to overcome it.
"This was something that was really awful, could have ended awful, and because so many people came together, it just turned right aroundPeople Magazine noted that several local business donated Kropp's homecoming gown and shoes – and hairstylist Shannon Champagne donated her services.
It's neat to see a story like this that doesn't turn into a revenge story -- it's about being strong under pressure. It's about a town supporting one of their own and righting a wrong. It's cool.
I'm really proud of this young woman for standing strong when ridicule and depression threatened to cave her in. And I'm excited by her town rising up to stand with her.