A fifth-grader in New Hampshire appeared before her school board and provided officials with a first-hand account of the bullying she’s suffered before urging them to take action.
During Timberlane Regional School Board meeting last week, Delanie Marcotte, a student at Pollard Elementary School in Plaistow, claimed her parents spoke with school administrators about the bullying but nothing came from it. Marcotte also recalled the mother of one bully accusing her of trying to get her son in trouble.
She told the board, “I have been threatened to get shot in the head by an AK-47 and buried in my backyard and many other things.”
“I ask you what are you going to do to protect me and my classmates against bullying. I am here to stand up for every kid that gets bullied.”
Before dealing with other matters, several board members applauded the fifth-grader for coming forward and called her “brave.”
The fifth-grader’s story gained national attention after her father, Todd Marcotte, posted the footage to his Facebook page Saturday, where it’s been viewed more than 60,000 times as of Monday afternoon.
Since then, Delanie told WYCN that she endured the bullying for months and it caused her to hate going to school.
“I wanted to let them know I was getting bullied and that I didn’t want it to happen anymore,” she said of her decision to appear before the board. “They kick me and they say mean things, call me names—it is not nice.”
“I hope it all stops, and they’ll stop being rude.”
Timberlane Regional School District Superintendent Earl F. Metzle said the district takes bullying allegations seriously and that Delanie’s recent claims have their “undivided attention.”
“We will continue to encourage all students to speak up when they see, hear or experience something that makes them uncomfortable,” Metzle said in a statement issued to WYCN. “The same holds true for parents and community members. There are many vehicles at Timberlane to share your concerns including, but not limited to, the public comment portion of our School Board agenda.”
This took courage.
Posted by Todd Marcotte on Saturday, June 9, 2018
[Featured image: Delanie Marcotte/Timberlane Regional School Board video screenshot]