Mississippi School District Launches Safety App for Students

School children will be able to anonymously submit reports on a range of issues, including bullying, weapons possession and drug use.

by David Johnson, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal / October 17, 2018 0
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(TNS) — Students in the New Albany School District now have a new tool to help keep them safe with a new app.

The school district announced its enrollment in the technology platform STOPit, an application designed to help students make school officials aware of potential dangers to themselves or others.

“Our school district is continually working to ensure that we have the safest school environment so our students can be successful,” said New Albany School District Superintendent Lance Evans. “This technology platform will give our students a means of communicating inappropriate behavior and potential threats anonymously.”

Using the app, students can anonymously submit a report containing text, photos or video regarding such issues as bullying/cyberbullying, inappropriate student/teacher relationships, violence/threats, hazing, weapons possession, drugs/alcohol, substance abuse and intolerance/discrimination. School administrators are able to manage incidents in a backend management system known as DOCUMENTit and can use it to communicate with the reporter immediately.

School officials say the application will help them in maintaining a positive environment for learning, because it will empower students to stand up for themselves and others and help deter such incidents.

The school district officially launched the app this month, holding tutorials in the first week of October and downloading the app on students' iPads and computers.

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