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(The Detroit_News)   Bullied teen, voted homecoming queen as a prank, kills herself one year later. Just kidding, she's doing fine now   ( ) divider line
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2013-09-16 09:37:50 AM  

Burr: Mugato: Why was she bullied? She's not fat.


More specifically, upper rural Michigan poor.

I wouldn't call her white trash, since that is more of a lifestyle then a state of income and I have no idea if she picks at meth scabs while ignoring her baby who is in nothing but a loaded diaper drinking Mountain Dew out of a bottle in the beer isle at WalMart at 2:00 am.

/this is a combination of things I have seen...which is why I haven't stepped foot into a WalMart in almost 7 years
2013-09-16 09:38:44 AM  
Hmm...yes I don't get how this is cruel and emotionally devastating either. I was a nerd and outcast. If this had happened to me I would thought "What the hell is this shiat?" and not participated. I knew my place and would have been clued in it was a joke right away.

Is she upset she suddenly thought she was popular by not doing anything and then learned it was a joke? Why would anyone like her not know it was a joke?

Being popular looked like hard work. I was happy with my Internet.
2013-09-16 09:44:00 AM  

EmmaLou: I don't understand why this was a big deal last year. She was voted Homecoming Queen, and it was a joke. That's it? That's the bullying?

The bullying was that it was a joke so she could be laughed at.  Public humiliation is not fun.
2013-09-16 10:02:23 AM  
Has everyone asking "why was she bullied" forgotten how weirdly random high school bullying is? Maybe her family was 17% poorer than average. Or she had slightly more acne than most other kids. Or her hair flopped to the right when the popular kids' hair flopped to the left. When kids decide en mass to bully someone, no amount of investigative reporting is gonna make it seem any less random, weird, and stupid.
2013-09-16 10:22:13 AM  

Lionel Mandrake: It's not a proper prank unless pig's blood is involved.

Came for the "Carrie" references, left satisfied despite Amos Quito blowing his attempt at a joke.
2013-09-16 10:30:35 AM  

OgreMagi: I hope at her ten year high school reunion she shows up as a successful young lady while all the bullies are still working the same job they had in high school.

They'll never earn more than $19,000 per year.

Too obscure?
2013-09-16 10:54:11 AM  

machoprogrammer: Our prom and homecoming courts were chosen at random, of anyone who was going. The person could even decline if they wanted. Then the king/queen were chosen at random from that pool. And as shiatty as my high school was, making that not a popularity contest was actually cool.

Ours were chosen by a "school spirit score" which were points that you accumulated by several different means, including attending pep rallies, being in various clubs, being on sports teams, showing up at sporting events, contributing to school publications (paper, journal, etc.), in-school tutoring, assisting with physically/developmentally challenged students, and so on.  You were allowed to run for only one homecoming or prom court during your school career, which made it a bit of a gamble- you had to judge whether you should throw your hat in the ring for junior prom wait for the more prestigious homecoming or senior prom.

Invariably, this lead to the homecoming/prom court being made up of kids who you didn't know from Adam but you'd seen pretty much every damn school-related event you'd ever been to.  I always thought it was a pretty fair system.  It encouraged participation, helped buck up attendance at sporting events, and prevented homecoming and prom from being the cruel popularity contest that I saw at other schools.  The only unfair aspect of it was that it penalized in-transfers since they couldn't possible catch up with the point grubbers who had been in the HS since freshman year.
2013-09-16 11:44:34 AM  
Like the article.  It gives the message that bullying is still unacceptable even if it doesn't drive the bullied person to suicide. Maybe it would help some others to see that they don't have to take that extreme to get bullying to stop.

Wish her well and wish that the bullies have a chance to learn to be better people.
2013-09-16 12:43:13 PM  
Here's last year's story, for those looking for what happened: Town turns tables on school prank:
2013-09-16 01:54:34 PM  
Country folk are a bit more tough-minded than city folk.
2013-09-16 05:52:37 PM  
Submitter is an ass.
2013-09-16 09:37:22 PM  

mjbok: EmmaLou: I don't understand why this was a big deal last year. She was voted Homecoming Queen, and it was a joke. That's it? That's the bullying?

The bullying was that it was a joke so she could be laughed at.  Public humiliation is not fun.

Yeah, it was the classmates laughing at her, the boy counterpart deciding that he didn't want to participate (and classmates insinuating that he withdrew because he didn't want to accompanying her to the homecoming thing)... it wasn't out of kindness that they voted her in.
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