Plaistow, N.H., fifth-grader Delanie Marcotte told the Timberlane Regional School District Board how a classmate allegedly threatened to shoot her with an AK-47 assault rifle. (Courtesy photograph)
The Timberlane Regional School district is vowing to address claims of alleged bullying after a Plaistow, N.H., fifth-grader said a classmate threatened to shoot her with an assault rifle.
During a June 7 board meeting that has now gone viral, Pollard School’s Delanie Marcotte read a letter to school officials about the alleged bullying she’s gone through at the hands of her elementary classmates.
“I have been threatened to get shot in the head with an AK-47 and buried in my backyard, and many other things,” the girl said through tears. “I ask you: What are you going to do to protect me and my classmates against bullying?”
Begging the School Board to act, Delanie recalled how on a school field trip, she was asked by the mother of a student who bullied her “why I’m trying to get her son in trouble.” Delanie also said her parents reached out to school officials, but the bullying continued.
On Monday, Timberlane’s School Board Chair Sue Sherman and Vice Chair Kelly Ward said the district is reviewing Delanie’s claims.
“The district is committed to promoting anti-bullying preventative strategies to ensure that each student is provided a safe learning environment and, to that end, has sponsored numerous anti-bullying initiatives,” a statement read.
Administrators across the district have undergone anti-bullying training under the supervision of Superintendent Earl Metzler, the School Board confirmed.