When people send their kids to school, they do it in the hope that they are going to learn things and make friends. They hope that they are going to get the tools that they need to become a productive member of society.
What they do not hope is that they are going to get picked on and bullied to the point of tears are even worse.
While some people might want to tell kids to either ignore it or put on their big boy/girl pants, this isn’t a world where if someone sees you ignoring them that they are going to magically stop.
They are going to ratchet up the intensity until they see you reach your breaking point. No child should have to endure a situation where they might find themselves on the edge of their breaking point.
Which is why bullying in any form needs to be cut off as soon as humanly possible or you will have a situation on your hands where people are getting hurt and the kids that are bullying some of these poor kids are going to be able to walk away despite having done considerable damage with nothing done to them.
Delanie Marcotte of New Hampshire is a fifth grader who hated going to school because of the verbal and physical abuse she endured from her classmates.
When her family took the matter to the school district, they were met with a lackluster response. They knew they needed to up their efforts, so in July 2018, Delanie and her parents went to the district’s school board meeting to share her story.
They hoped this effort would shed some light on the terrible bullying Delanie was up against and motivate community leaders to really take action.
When her father, Todd, prepared to speak on her behalf in front of the board members, Delanie decided that she needed to share the story herself, asking Todd: “Can I go?”
Her bravery in sharing her experience should certainly be praised, as it couldn’t have been easy for her to read her prepared statement. In the end, she left the room speechless.
She said: “Hi my name is Delanie. I’m here to talk about a problem that means a lot to me. Bullying… I’ve been threatened to get shot in the head by a AK-47 and buried in my backyard and many other things… I like working and studying but I just don’t like being bullied.”
Delanie noted during her statement: “I ask you, what are you going to do to protect me and my classmates against bullying? I’m here to stand up for every kid who gets bullied.”
She explained to NBC10 Boston why this was such an important thing for her to do, noting: “I wanted to let them know I was getting bullied and that I didn’t want it to happen anymore. They kick me and they say mean things, call me names — it is not nice.”