“This took courage.” That’s how the father of a 5th-grader in New Hampshire summed up a speech his daughter gave in front of their local school board last week. And his description is spot-on.
Delanie Marcotte, a student at the Pollard School in Plaistow, New Hampshire, took a seat last Thursday and read a very personal letter about her personal experiences with bullying thus far in her schooling.
“I have been threatened to get shot in the head with an AK-47 and buried in my backyard and many other things,” Delanie told the school board members. “I ask you, what are you going to do to protect me and my classmates against bullying?
Her father, Todd Marcotte, posted video of her remarks on Facebook. It’s been viewed more than 100,000 times and inspired a hashtag on social media: #standwithdelanie. Her mother, Amy Marcotte, in a statement to a local TV station, applauded her daughter’s fortitude and said she too was bullied at school as a kid. “Quite frankly, she is doing something that I would have never had the guts to do, being bullied myself in high school,” Amy Marcotte said. “We stand by her 100 percent and will do whatever it takes to protect our child.”
“I am here to stand up for every kid that gets bullied,” Delanie said during her speech, which was met with applause from the school board members. Her words got the attention of the school superintendent for the Timberlane Regional School District, Dr. Earl F. Metzler. In a statement given to ABC News, he said, “We will continue to encourage all students to speak up when they see, hear or experience something that makes them uncomfortable. 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. We take all of our stakeholders’ concerns seriously and will give her concerns our undivided attention.”
Below, watch video of Delanie’s speech.
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