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North Hills adding system to anonymously report bullying, violence

Tony LaRussa
| Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 5:12 p.m.

Bullies in the North Hills School District who rely on the silence of their victims to keep up their scare tactics will soon be a telephone call, email or text message away from being busted for their behavior.

Board members voted unanimously recently to purchase a bullying alert system and confidential tip line system that students and parents can use to report bullies and instances of violence.

“This is a great addition to our district's safety and security measures,” school Director Allison Mathis said.

The Safeschools Alert system will allow incidents to be reported around the clock and will cost $1,677 a year to implement.

The system created by Cincinnati, Ohio-based Scenario Learning was developed to help school districts combat the alarming number of bullying incidents in U.S. schools and the consequences they cause.

Developers note that:

• One in three teens report being bullied and one in two students say they have been cyber bullied.

• 160,000 children miss school each day due to fears of being intimidated or attacked.

• 19,000 bullied children attempt suicide every year.

• 57 percent of students say they would not report an incident if it cannot be done anonymously.

The Safeschools Alert will include flyers, posters and other material that can be customized to promote its use as well as interactive tutorials and electronic presentations to help district leadership communicate key features of the system to principals, department heads and other supervisors, according to the company.

The system allows administrators to track and manage the tips that are received so the appropriate personnel can resolve the problems.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-772-6368 or tlarussa@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.

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