Disarming Bullies: A Community Response

Author and speaker Karen Ehman posted an article yesterday that I just couldn’t pass up. I admittedly am borrowing from that article here.

Sophomore Whitney Kropp was sitting in class on September 13th when she learned she’d been nominated for homecoming court in her small town. She was surprised, since she wasn’t one of the more popular kids in her school. But her surprised quickly turned to embarrassment when she realized she was the object of a joke. Her classmates planned to boo and humiliate her when she walked out onto the field.

But the community of West Branch where she lives had a better idea. They offered clothes, transportation, and services to make the evening a special event. And they started a Facebook page that now has nearly 91,000 Likes. Masses of community residents have pledged to pack the stadium this Friday night’s game in support of Whitney and to stand and cheer and drown out any possible sound of taunting that might come from the stands.

A respectable response for a community of just over 2,000 people.

The incident has reminded many people in Whitney’s community what it feels like to be bullied. And many have simply decided to become part of the solution–a revolutionary approach that has worked. And an approach being taught by bullying expert Brooks Gibbs in schools around the nation. His program, Love Is Better Than Hate has been endorsed by educators and parents across the nation, teaching the philosophy of disempowering bullies through the power of positive action.

Stand proud, Whitney. Hold your head high.

You are a princess.

“The king is enthralled by your beauty;  honor him, for he is your lord.” Psalm 45:11

*Would you take a moment to head over and “Like” Whitney’s fan page? Click here to do so.

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