Dear Ms. Benoist,
My daughter and I tune in each Monday at 8:00 PM to watch Supergirl. We put on our jammies, grab, a spot on the couch and watch your exploits in soaring across the sky and saving the world. With that being said, I am reaching out to you in part to congratulate you on a spectacular 1st season of the show.
Above and beyond all of that, I also wanted to let you know about my little Supergirl. My daughter (age 8) is both an honor student and a Girl Scout. She unfortunately was and has been subjected to an extreme form of bullying and harassment by another juvenile who attends her former school. This bullying includes attempted murder, physical assault, attempted sexual assault, slander, defamation of character, cyber-bullying, and harassment. What’s amazing is that while she has been depressed and isolated she has remained on the honor roll throughout this whole ordeal. And that’s pretty SUPER if I must say so myself.
I worked tirelessly day in night in working with officials at the Maryland State Department of Education, Howard County Board of Education, Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), MD State Delegates, and members of Congress in an effort to remove my daughter from the toxic environment at her former elementary school. My daughter and I attended the Howard County Public School Systems Town Hall on Education on 8 December 2015. My daughter and I served as the kickoff speakers of the event where we both spoke of her ordeal. My daughter proudly grabbed the microphone in recounting her horror story in front of approximately 200 individuals to include State Delegates, Congressmen, other elected officials, the general public, and members of the press. This Town Hall is available for public viewing at this URLhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah9R73epuzc. She and I can be heard at the 7:00 minute mark. HCPSS turned a death ear to anyone that tried to assist my daughter and I with this ordeal until she and I reached out to the White House. President Obama responded by contacting the US Department of Education on our behalf. The US Department of Education in turn initiated a Civil Rights complaint on our behalf. HCPSS finally turned around and approved my request for a transfer to a new school on January 6, 2016.
The tears that I shed as we walked into her new school accompanied by her Girl Scout Troop Leader (and the PTA President)… The tears that I shed as I hugged her goodbye… And those tears that I shed when the PTA President left a message on my cell letting me know that she checked on my little Supergirl during lunch time and that she was having a great day and that she would be watching out for her daily. Oh my goodness they were tears of joy in jubilation in knowing that daughter was finally safe.
Could you please recognize my little Supergirl for her bravery, strength of character, and resolve in navigating through this entire ordeal? Can you recognize her in being one of the few hero’s in getting her concerns heard directly by President Obama? I know that you are extremely busy, but if it’s not too much to ask could you please visit her school, send her a video shout-out, or something of the sort? Doing so would let every student and parent world wide that bullying will not be tolerated by anyone at school or in our communities.
Thank you for taking to the sky each Monday so my daughter and I can bond. And an extra special thank you in advance for listening and anything that you are willing and able to do.
Dedrick L. Moone
A Humble Man and Father