5th-Grader Speaks Out For All Who've Been Bullied In Emotional Speech To School Board

"I am here to stand up for every kid that gets bullied."

There are many people dedicated to promoting love and equality, but the sad reality is that about one in four kids are still bullied in school on a regular basis. In the fight to mitigate this problem, every person and every campaign makes a difference, and the courage of individuals speaking out doesn't go unnoticed.

Fifth-grader Delanie Marcotte is an excellent example. She recently gave a heartfelt speech to her school board about stopping bullying.

Delanie attends the Pollard School in Plaistow, N.H.. Her speech was to the Timberlane Regional School Board on June 7.

Delanie's dad, Todd Marcotte, shared the speech on Facebook on the weekend, with the caption "This took courage." From the video, it's clear that it did. 

In the moving, pre-written speech, Delanie recounts her personal experiences with bullying. She begins, "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." 

The emotional speech recounts Delanie's history of being bullied from being threatened to having a parent reportedly yell at her for getting her son in trouble.

She concludes, "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."

At the end, one of the school board members said, "I am proud of you for coming." Since the video was shared on Saturday, June 9, it has been viewed over 126,000 views and had over 2,000 shares. Commenters are sharing their own experiences with bullying and commenting about how brave Delanie is.

One said, "What a courageous young lady. Hopefully school administration will not only listen, but act. It's time to put an end to bullying."

Another said, "This young woman is a powerful, brave leader. The world needs more children like this. So brave, so powerful."

Delanie's mom Amy Marcotte wrote in a statement to WMUR 9 News, "[Delanie] is doing something that I would have never had the guts to do, being bullied myself in high school. We stand by her 100 percent and will do whatever it takes to protect our child."

ABC News reported that Dr. Earl F. Metzler, superintendent of the Timberlane Regional School District, wrote in a statement, "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."

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