A video of a New Hampshire 5th grader pleading for help from her local school board is calling new attention to the plight of bullying. Delanie Marcotte of Pollard Elementary School in Plaistow, NH, recently went before the board to share the excruciating details of the aggressive verbal and physical abuse she’s suffered at the hands of classmates, including threats of gun violence.
“I have been threatened to get shot in the head by an AK-47 and buried in my backyard, and many other things,” Delanie told the board while fighting back tears. “I ask you: What are you going to do to protect me and my classmates against bullying?”
This took courage.
Posted by Todd Marcotte on Saturday, June 9, 2018
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Despite the fact that Delanie’s parents have repeatedly contacted the school about their daughter’s bullying, nothing has been done to remedy the situation. After being confronted by Delanie and her family, the board assured local press outlets that Delanie’s plight has their “undivided attention.”
When asked why she wanted to address the board, Delanie simply noted that she just “wanted to let them know” about the bullying, before detailing the actual physical abuse that she’s suffered at school.
“They kick me and they say mean things, call me names ⏤ it is not nice,” she said.
“It is very hard to watch your child get bullied, hear about it day in and day out, and you do get very aggravated,” Todd Marcotte, Delanie’s father, said. “It’s an issue, and it’s an issue that has to be addressed.”
Marcotte was also the one who shared the video on Facebook of his daughter reading the letter to the board. It’s been shared by over one thousand people after being viewed 68,000 times, and it’s caught the attention of media outlets across the country. Delanie said that she was surprised by the sheer amount of support that she’s received.