Bullying Made Up the Majority of School Safety App Reports

Henderson County, N.C.’s school threat reporting app received roughly 40 reports since launching July 2 — 20 were tied to bullying.

by Andrew Mundhenk, Times-News / September 11, 2018

(TNS) — Henderson County, N.C., Public Schools' school safety app, “Report It, Don’t Ignore It,” has been used nearly 40 times since its debut July 2, mostly in regard to bullying.

Chief Technology Officer Rick Fender and programmer Grant Adkins updated the School Board Monday on two in-house mobile applications that have been developed for parents, students and staff to use.

The “Report It, Don’t Ignore It” app allows anyone to report concerning behaviors or safety threats to administrators.

There have been 38 total reports as of Sunday, Adkins said, 20 of which referenced bullying. Eight were drug-related, one vandalism-related, and the remaining nine fell into the “other” category.

Seventy-one percent of the reports were proven valid and 13.2 percent were false; 15.8 percent were test reports. The middle and high schools represented 39.5 percent of the reports each, while elementary schools covered the remaining 21 percent.

The school system is designing another districtwide app that will debut later this week, labeled “HCPS Mobile,” to serve as a way to get school and district information out to parents and students.

The app will give users access to academic and school event calendars, school menus, meal payment portals, district/school news and other resources for parents, students and staff.

Users can also receive notifications for emergencies, weather-related closures or delays and other important announcements related to their school.

Both apps can be downloaded for free on Android and Apple devices.

©2018 Times-News, Hendersonville, N.C. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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