High school is a tough enough place without your classmates pulling mean tricks.
But for Michigan sophomore Whitney Kropp, this year's homecoming dance was going to be especially cruel.
See, a bunch of kids at Whitney's school, Ogemaw Heights High in the farming community of West Branch, got together and decided they'd play a trick on her: instead of nominating a well-known, popular girl to be homecoming royalty, they'd elect Whitney, who is a loner with only a few good friends.
When she heard the announcement over the PA, Whitney was excited. She thought she'd been chosen because people liked her.
But she soon learned otherwise.
The boy who was elected with her pulled out. Then girls started teasing her on Facebook. When she figured out the trick, she was devastated and decided she wouldn't show up to the dance.
"I thought I wasn't worthy at Ogemaw Heights at all," Whitney told the Detroit News.
And that's where the story might have ended. Mean kids hurting the feelings of an innocent victim.
But it didn't. Because the members of the community in West Branch found out what happened, and they decided to give the story a twist ending.
Local resident Jamie Cline, 35, started a Facebook page in support of Whitney. It got a lot of likes and a lot of attention, especially when the story spread beyond the town (at the moment, it's got more than 96,000 likes - there are only 2,100 people in West Branch).
This is the image on the homepage:
Jamie even opened a bank account to get donations so that Whitney could have an amazing night at the dance.
Turns out, he didn't need the money.
Local businesses offered to donate everything, from her hairstyling and makeup to her clothes and even pictures of her at the event.
The homecoming game is this Friday. Residents are going to pack the stands at the game to cheer her on when she's introduced at halftime, and many of them will be wearing her favourite colour, orange.
"This was something that was really awful, could have ended awful, and because so many people came together, it just turned right around," Whitney's mother said.