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Sand Springs Public Schools launching new app to anonymously report bullying

Posted at 9:32 PM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-11 10:02:11-05

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. -- Sand Springs Public Schools is constantly looking for the latest technology, preparing for the worst.

On Tuesday they're introducing the STOPit app, with the goal of addressing everything from cyber bullying to self-harm.

"You never want to be caught in a situation where something bad happens and you could have prevented it. That's why you have to look into whatever is going on and see what you can do to make your rules, your protocols be better," Central Ninth Grade Center principal JJ Smith said.

The app allows people to report anonymously, putting in pictures and information that go to administrators. Staff then talk to students to learn more about what's going on.

"Bullying dictates a lot of behavior in the classroom that I see. I know there are kids that are completely silent because they're terrified to draw any attention to themselves," ninth grade teacher Becky Painter said.

Earlier this semester the district launched the CrisisGo app, which walked teachers through emergencies and pulls up rosters to keep track of everyone in the classroom. Educators said it gives peace of mind to have so many resources available in case of an incident.

"You always have it in the back of your mind when you see a kid with their head down that doesn't normally have their head down. You're always thinking about that. What's going on with them today? You really never know. Sometimes you learn things about your students where you're like "no wonder they're struggling," Painter said.

Smith is head of the safety committee and said they continue to look at new drills and technology, as well as input from parents.

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