By Lisa Gresci, WBZ-TV

PLAISTOW, N.H. (CBS) — A young girl who claims a student threatened to shoot her and bury her said she’s had enough of being bullied at school and she wants authorities to do something about it.

Delanie Marcotte, of Pollard Elementary School in Plaistow, New Hampshire, went before the 8-member Timberlane Regional School board Thursday night and tearfully told them about her struggles.

timberlane 5th Grader Tells School Board A Bully Threatened To Shoot, Bury Her

Delanie Marcotte read her letter to the board June 7, 2018. (Image credit: Timberlane Regional School Board)

“I have been threatened to get shot in the head by an AK-47 and buried in my backyard and many other things,” she said, reading from a prepared statement.

Those other things made Delanie dread going to school.

“They call me names, threaten me, kick me, trip me,” she told WBZ’s Lisa Gresci.

Delanie and her parents say they tried going to the school but the bullying did not stop which is what lead them to the school board meeting.

“I was getting ready to go up there and when she asked me where I was going she said, ‘can I go.’ She asked me what I was going to talk about and I told her and she said, ‘can I?’ and I said, yeah,” Delanie’s father, Todd Marcotte said.

Even though her parents offered to speak up for her, Delanie knew she wanted to be the one to tell her story.

“I’m here to talk about a problem that means a lot to me. Bullying. Bullying is a problem at our school and I am a victim of it,” she said.

The school district says it takes these concerns seriously and Delanie’s plea is now under review.

“I’m happy because I spoke for myself in my own words and I hope it does change because it just needs to stop,” Delanie told WBZ.

After Delanie finished reading her letter, the board and everyone in the room applauded.

“She did it and she did it by herself and I’m proud as her dad,” said Todd.

And he’s not the only one. Her speech has been shared thousands of times and she’s now feeling support from all over the country.

Delanie’s family feels confident the superintendent and school board are going to take action now to make sure Delanie and no other student feels this way again.

Here is the full version of the letter Delanie read before the board:

“I’m here to talk about a problem that means a lot to me – bullying. Bullying is a problem in our school. I am a victim of it. My parents have contacted the school about it, but it continues. It happened to me and my classmates. I have been asked by the mother of my bully during a school field trip why I tried to get her son in trouble. I have been threatened to get shot in the head by an AK-47 and buried in my back yard 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.”

Comments (3)
  1. Nice deflection Superintendent, what are you going to do to stop the bullying???

  2. I feel great sympathy for Delanie and am proud of her for having the courage to speak up at the board meeting.

    That said, I will say something that is highly unpopular. This situation is not the school’s fault. The anti-bullying industry has spread a lie that the school has the power to make bullying stop, and all that needs to happen is for the child or parents to inform the school. As is clear from this and from literally hundreds or even thousands of similar stories about school bullying, the bullying immediately gets worse once the school authorities are informed. Just read the details of the story: “Delanie and her parents say they tried going to the school but the bullying did not stop which is what lead them to the school board meeting.” “My parents have contacted the school about it, but it continues. It happened to me and my classmates. I have been asked by the mother of my bully during a school field trip why I tried to get her son in trouble.”

    No one likes to be informed on to the authorities. And the school has not ignored the complaints. It followed policy. But once the school begins doing the required interrogations and investigations, passions (negative ones) escalate.

    And now the naive conclusion: “Delanie’s family feels confident the superintendent and school board are going to take action now to make sure Delanie and no other student feels this way again.”

    How is the superintendent and the school board going to “make sure no other student feels this way again.” This is impossible to ensure because the feelings and relationships among children are not in their control. The worlds most revered anti-bullying programs fail to put an end to bullying – they don’t even come close – and the laws don’t, either. So where is the magic that is going to make all children turn into saints or angels now?

    The thing is that Delanie can probably solve her problem quickly and easily, just not by expecting the school authorities to do it. Have her parents contact me and I will teach the girl how to solve the problem pro bono.

    Izzy Kalman, MS, Nationally Certified School Psychologist

    1. Hi ImAngee says:

      I disagree. You know how you make it stop? You get the parents involved. If they don’t shape up their kids, you expel them. The districts need to rule with a heavy hand when it comes to bullying.

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