Phone App Tip Leads to Prostitution Arrest

HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. – A Flushing, NY woman has been arrested and charged with prostitution after police say she propositioned an undercover detective at a Route 206 massage parlor.

Police singled out the business after receiving a tip through the STOPit phone app, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. He did not identify the specific location or the name of the business.

The undercover detective entered the massage parlor on March 27 and was met by Fu Yun Ju, 40, of Flushing, NY. She propositioned the detective for cash in exchange for sex, according to Robinson.

She was immediately arrested by other police officers, transported to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, processed and released on her own recognizance.

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor, and Chief Powell request anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Hillsborough Police Department (908) 369-4323, or via the STOPit app.

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office is utilizing the STOPit app as a platform to allow concerned citizens to provide information about crimes occurring in Somerset County. This app is completely anonymous and users are able to “chat” in real time with law enforcement, as well as send images and videos about crime.

The app also has a Get Help section that provides phone numbers and links to important resources available in Somerset County. The STOPit app can be downloaded to your smartphone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: “SOMERSETNJ”. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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KUSD Works to Ensure Safety of Students, Staff

Student safety is a top priority of the Kenosha Unified School District. For several years, the district has worked to ensure our students and staff are safe in our schools by implementing best practices to achieve this goal.

One area of focus has been the use of positive behavior intervention and supports (PBIS) to address behavior and bullying. This began with some schools launching the program individually, and grew to a districtwide initiative after a board-appointed committee researched best practices to avert bullying in schools.

PBIS is known and used by schools throughout the nation for its work in providing capacity for implementing a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional and behavioral support.

Along with PBIS, the committee presented recommended changes to the board regarding anti-bullying, harassment and hate policy 5111 in July 2014. Following the adoption of the changes, employees received training on how to educate students and families on the definition of bullying and all it entails.

The district also developed a process for investigating bullying and harassment complaints and how to properly document incidents.

In July 2015, administrators were trained in ALiCE (alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate) to better prepare them to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter. The following year all staff were trained. Annual training continues for new staff and as a refresher for existing staff.

The district also created and implemented lesson plans for students that are reviewed annually. Student lessons begin in September and continue throughout the school year, with a safety drill taking place each quarter.

Additionally, trauma-sensitive training is another safety focus that addresses how to recognize behavior associated with trauma and how to address those behaviors. The staff has learned about the adverse childhood experiences and how they can affect students, and KUSD is now expanding trauma training to include courses on youth mental health first aid and trauma-informed schools practices.

In 2018, KUSD applied for two safety grants and received more than $2 million in funding to support safety upgrades. One of the requirements of the grant was to conduct a school safety assessment of all schools, which was accomplished by the facilities department in partnership with our school resource officers. The results of the assessments have been shared with building leaders to ensure all safety practices are implemented as required.

In February 2019, teams of district administrators and counselors, along with representatives from the Kenosha Police Department, Pleasant Prairie Police Department, Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office, Kenosha Human Services and others were trained on threat assessment and have begun the implementation process in partnership with our community partners.

Schools also were trained on the STOPit app, which is an anonymous tip line students can use to report cases of bullying, threats to schools, threats to other students or threats to harm themselves. These reports are sent directly to school staff for investigation.

Lastly, we also conducted a student and parent/guardian survey this year to help address issues that students and/or families feel are important and may need more attention. The results are being compiled and will be provided to principals within the next few weeks.

Overall, KUSD continues to research and implement best practices in an effort to keep our students and staff safe and comfortable in their learning environment. It is a top priority to provide an environment conducive to learning in order to achieve our goal of preparing students for success.

Sue Valeri is chief of school leadership for the Kenosha Unified School District.

School System Rolls Out New STOPit App Aimed at Protecting Students

Whether its Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat or Twitter, almost every teen is a member of one or more social media platforms, and most kids beginning as early as elementary school have a wide range of resources at the devices and gadgets beneath their fingertips.

Page County students now have one more ― a new smartphone app that allows the anonymous reporting of bullying and harassment.

Through “STOPit” students and parents discretely report incidents ranging from cyberbullying to threats of violence or self-harm.

“STOPit empowers students to stand up for themselves and others while giving our schools the insight we need to keep students safe,” the local school system said in a news release last week.

Last month Page County Public Schools began rolling out the new program for students in third through 12th grades. With STOPit, they can submit anonymous reports containing text, photos and/or videos. For instance students can screenshot online interactions, snap a photo or video of an incident or simply report it via text.

School administrators then manage incidents on a case-by-case basis. Reports that are flagged as urgent through a management system also head to the school board office in Luray.

“It’s a helpful way of being let into the social dynamics of students,” said John Van Wyck, director of student services for the local school system.

In the instance of a reported incident school officials first determine if it was possibly a crime. To help determine if an incident is considered bullying, they follow a national model ― was there aggression? was there dominance? was there persistence?

School officials then determine if the incident needs to be investigated.

“It’s a due process,” said Van Wyck. “But it has to be an issue related to the school or the bus ― something that potentially causes a school disruption.”

The Page County School Board last fall began discussing the app before opting into the $3,500-a-year program and rolling it out last month. Students and parents at each school are given a specific code in order to access STOPit. Reports submitted after school or on the weekends are monitored by STOPit Solutions staff, who then contact local authorities in emergent situations.

“It’s another tool for our tool kit,” said Superintendent for Page County Public Schools Wendy Gonzalez. “So far, it’s just been really positive.”

“If somebody’s feeling bullied, if somebody’s feeling threatened ― that’s all that matters,” said Van Wyck. “If [STOPit] helps in just a couple incidents, it’s worth it.”

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LPS Incorporating STOPit App to Keep Schools Safe

LAWTON, OK (TNN) – Lawton Public Schools are now using an app they hope can increase safety on their campuses.

The STOPit app allows students and parents to anonymously report several types of threats to the Lawton Public Schools Police Department. Reports are similar to text messages, and can also include pictures and video.

“They just go to the app store, download the STOPit app, and then there’s an access code that is assigned to them,” said Pam Brisolara, Lawton PTA Council president. “So, if they have something that they want to report or something that they feel like is dangerous, then they just go to that app and then they download the access, go to the access point, and then they can just text anything they want to text.”

Once a report is sent in, LPS police are able to message back to gather more information and investigate the report.

“A lot of times bullying doesn’t get reported,” said David Hornbeck, chief of police for the Lawton Public School Police Department. “That’s one thing we’re doing with the STOPit app. We’re allowing another avenue for these kids to report that type of activity if it’s happening.”

Students and parents can report more than just bullying.

“You also can report drug activity, inappropriate behavior that’s happening on school campuses, tobacco on school campuses. Any issues law enforcement related or policy violation related can be reported on the STOPit app,” said Chief Hornbeck. “Any time we receive a tip on there it will be addressed and looked into.”

Chief Hornbeck said the STOPit app also helps his department screen reports and assign them to the proper authority or school official to get resolved.

“Every tip that comes in is evaluated, and the first thing we want to do is discover is this of a criminal nature? If it is, then of course we’re going to take it and investigate it to the fullest,” said Chief Hornbeck. “If it’s not of a criminal nature, if it’s a policy violation or something along that line, it will give us an opportunity to hand that off to somebody in the district staff who’s more capable of taking care of that.”

The app was introduced to all Lawton Public Schools in February, and since then there has only been one bullying report. However, the LPS Police Department expects more reports once the word gets out about the app.

“I just feel like somehow or another there’s got to be something we can do to help the kids before it gets to that point,” said Brisolara. “So, that’s the good thing about this app is that it’s proactive and not reactive. So, we can catch it before something happens, hopefully.”

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Page County to Use Anti-Bullying App in Schools

PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Page County Public Schools has started to enroll students in the “STOPit” App as a way to let students report bullying or any other incident anonymously through their smartphones.

Other school systems in the valley have already been using the app, including Augusta County Public Schools and Waynesboro Public Schools.

Page County School officials said they wanted this app to help report anything a student might find alarming.

“Students can anonymously report anything they see that might have to do with bullying or harassment,” John Van Wyck, director of student services at Page County Public Schools, said. “Really they can report anything from threats to oneself or threats to others they might hear about.”

School officials said the app is easy for students to use — all they have to do it download it with an access code, and then they can report.

One school system that has been using the app this year said it’s helped report incidents the schools don’t normally hear about.

“We’re getting situations that happen on social media and in the community that usually we don’t get into because it’s not school related,” said Douglas Shifflett, assistant superintendent of Augusta County Public Schools. “At least we know these things are happening, and we can hand it over to the correct person who can assist with it.”

Page County Public Schools said all schools in the district will have access to the app later this week.

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‘STOPit’ App Allows Anonymous Reporting of School, Workplace Bullying

EDISON – A smartphone app developed by a New Jersey-based company allows anonymous reporting of bullying and harassment at school and the workplace.

The “STOPit” app allows people a discrete way of reporting bullying, suicidal thoughts or safety issues. It was developed primarily for schools, but has also found its way into the workplace.

“It’s a simple, fast and powerful way for a student in distress to reach out for help,” says STOPit Solutions president Parkhill Mays.

People report the abuse through the app, and a message is sent to school administrators or a company’s human resources department.

“Someone who can then follow up with them through an anonymous messaging platform, send them resources and get them the help they need right there through a platform and device they’re very familiar using every day,” says STOPit manager Johnathan Holmok.

More than 3,400 schools in New Jersey and across the United States have signed up for the app, as well as 180 companies. Some law enforcement departments are also involved.

Company officials say that the goal of the app is to allow people to come forward with things that they might not have otherwise reported.

More information about the app can be found on the company’s website.

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Spirit of the Buffalo: STOPit App Helps Report Bullying

McAlester Public Schools is now using the STOPit app, which allows students to anonymously report incidents to the office via text. Students are encouraged to report anything of concern from bullying to threats of violence or self-harm.

Many times a parent will call the school with a concern informing me of a situation that is going on at their child’s school. The first question I ask is, “Have you talked to the principal?” Why do I ask the parent this question? I am not at each of the schools to know what is going on and I know that there are always two sides to every situation. The number of times I have been told by parents that their child is being bullied and no one will do anything about it is astronomical.

When I ask the parent if they have talked to the principal, the answer is typically no. How can a principal be expected to take care of a bullying allegation when no one has reported it directly to them? As the Superintendent, I wanted to find a way to better address these concerns.

The introduction of the STOPit app will provide our district with an additional resource to help. Students and parents are able to report any incidents or problems that happen at their school anonymously. McAlester Public Schools wants to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to dealing with inappropriate behavior that could lead to otherwise avoidable issues.

When students are comfortable sharing information with teachers, staff, and principals, we then get the information we need to maintain a positive school climate. We work daily to provide students with resources and information that they need to help them academically, physically, and emotionally. Incorporating the STOPit app will give us the ability to address issues early on before a serious situation could occur.

Each school site Pre-K through 12, will provide directions to their parents with information about the app and the passcode for the school. Puterbaugh Middle School is the only site so far to fully implement the STOPit program with their students.

Puterbaugh has been using the app for a little over a month now and have received 36 reports. Visiting with the principal, they have verified that some of the incident reports have been middle school students joking around and trying to be funny, but there have been a couple of valid incident reports. The principals were thankful to be able to handle the situations that were reported and are seeing some very positive results from using the STOPit app. STOPit will be fully implemented across the district.

Parents and students can now download the free app on iPhone and Android. Each school site will have their own ID to allow reporting anonymously. Students will be given the information for them to use and the elementary schools will send the information home to parents.

We hope that the implementation of the STOPit app will provide one additional level of security for our students and staff. You can find more information about the app on our school website: www.mcalester.k12.ok.us.

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Spencer School District Launches Anti-Bullying App

Rocket News – Spencer School District has recently launched the STOPit app! STOPit is an online reporting tool for grade 4-12, designed to deter and mitigate bullying, cyber abuse, and other inappropriate behaviors, consisting of an app and a back-end incident management system for school administrators.

Our students will have access to the STOPit mobile app, which has two simple but powerful features.

1. REPORT can be used by students to report incidents to school contacts anonymously.
2. MESSENGER can be used to engage in anonymous two-way communication with school contacts.


Students can download the app in their app store.

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North Lamar High School and Stone Middle School Enrolling with STOPit to Empower and Protect Students

Paris, Texas, February 20, 2019 – North Lamar High School and Stone Middle School have enrolled with STOPit, the leading technology platform for schools that deters and controls harmful or inappropriate conduct. STOPit empowers students with an easy app to safely and anonymously report anything of concern to school officials – from cyberbullying to threats of violence or self-harm. STOPit empowers students to stand up for themselves and others while giving schools the insight needed to keep students safe.

“Several programs were reviewed before deciding to move forward with STOPit for secondary level students,” said Chandra White, North Lamar ISD Assistant Superintendent of Administrative and Student Services. “North Lamar wanted to ensure that students felt safe to report any incidents that needed to be reported to campus administration. Also, it was crucial to the school district that students had a feeling of security and that the system maintained anonymity. Another key factor in choosing STOPit for the district included real time incident reporting to appropriate campus administrators and ability to act and document quickly.”

With STOPit, students can submit anonymous reports containing text, photos, or video. Administrators are then able to manage incidents in a backend management system called STOPit Admin. STOPit Admin provides efficient and powerful investigative tools to staff, including the ability to message with the reporter, which will allow administrators to address issues instantly.

STOPit does more than just help schools address incidents and mitigate risk. STOPit will also help to go beyond reacting to bullying and inappropriate behavior, and instead start deterring it. As young people continue to engage more with technology every day, a proactive step is being taken to empower students to become Upstanders in communities in the way that they feel most comfortable. It is the belief that the adoption of STOPit is an important step in the continued effort to provide a positive school climate and a safe learning environment for students. North Lamar’s STOPit program launch is scheduled for February 25 at North Lamar High School and February 28 at Stone Middle School.

STOPit is the leading technology company providing software and services that mitigate, deter and control inappropriate conduct. The STOPit solutions are available to schools, universities, workplaces and governments around the world. Anonymous and configurable reporting is available by mobile app, web app and phone tip line empowering individuals to protect themselves and stand up for others as well as reporting safety and crime issues. STOPit provides valuable services to administrators including monitoring their incidents, content about issues and resolutions, training and promotion services, and investigation tools to help get in front of issues and manage risks.

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Texas Teachers Answer Virginia Teen’s Cry for Help, Save Her Life

If there’s one thing school teachers anticipate each day, it’s to expect the unexpected.

Kim Frankson, Jess Johnson and Laurie Ortel work at Ashley Elementary in Frisco.

They’ve perfected the art of multi-tasking but a single text message in December brought it all to a stop.

The message came from an app called “Stop It”, which allows students to report bullying anonymously.

“She was telling me about a situation that was happening with her and some other girls at the school and how it was making her feel,” Johnson, the assistant principal explained.

The student said she was considering killing herself.

“There was no doubt this was a serious situation,” said Ortel, a school counselor.

With the clock ticking, they didn’t have much to go on. They didn’t recognize the student’s name and after a search of a district database, they learned she wasn’t a student in Frisco either.

They asked the student what school she goes to. When she responded, they asked, “Is that in Texas?”

Far from it, they found out.

She was a teenager in Waynesboro, Virginia, a 17-hour drive away.

“I don’t really know if you can describe that feeling. It is something that’s very surreal. The urgency to help this child that you don’t know, that you know she needs help now,” said Frankson, the school principal.

Forty-five minutes into the conversation, the student revealed she had taken pills and was becoming slow to respond.

“At that point, I was really nervous,” Johnson said.

By then, Waynesboro police were on their way.

“I’m just thankful that she opened the door,” said Officer Alison Willis.

Officer Willis said the teen was alert, distressed and home alone.

The teen was taken to a local hospital and is okay.

“I feel like I did my job. That’s what I’m here to do,” said Officer Willis.

“I think we all just looked at each other and it was like we could take a deep breath that we had helped this girl,” Johnson said.

“Every single thing, every single action, every single word that kids say to each other, it’s so important to be kind,” said Ortel.

The entire incident lasted less than an hour.

It’s not clear why the app message went to Frisco and not the girl’s school.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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