Students at Lebanon High School have access to a new tool that will allow them to play a role in combating everything from threats of violence to cyberbullying.  It’s an App, called STOPit, that gives students the ability to safely and anonymously report anything they’re concerned about- directly to a school official.  Not only does the App empower students to stand up for themselves and others, but it also provides administrators with the insight needed to keep students safe.

To get started, students just need to download the App, and begin submitting anonymous reports that contain as many details as possible.  Any evidence they have, such as screen shots, pictures, or video clips, can also be included in the report.  Schools and Universities that are already using the App, say it helps them do more than just react to things like harassment and inappropriate behavior.  It also acts as a deterrent.

LHS Principal, Dr. Scott Walters, hopes students will use the App to report any situation they perceive to be dangerous, whether it’s to themselves or a classmate, “The anonymous feature gives students the opportunity to report anything they want, without being fearful.  If a student is being harassed by an adult, we need to know about it.  If a student is a threat to themselves, we need to know about it.”

Once a report is filed, it’s immediately sent to an administrator, counselor, or SRO, who will respond to the student as quickly as possible in an exchange that’s similar to an online chat.  Neither the student, nor the faculty member, will know the identity of the person they’re communicating with.  All incident reports and conversations will be stored in the system, allowing schools to maintain thorough records on every complaint or incident.

Wilson County Schools Director, Dr. Donna Wright, says the App is an innovative solution to a complex problem, “Technology is here to stay, but this gives educators a way to finally get their arms around some of the pitfalls that are also associated with it.  This App empowers students to partner with us in a way that’s not so intimidating.”

In the coming months, the STOPit App will also be launched at the county’s three other high schools.  Approximately 60 schools statewide are currently using the App.