Giving Kitchen Enrolls With STOPit Solutions to Empower and Protect Employees

Giving Kitchen has enrolled with STOPit Solutions, the leading technology service that empowers employees to speak up for themselves and others while giving management the insight it needs to keep workplace culture safe and positive.

Using STOPit Solutions, Giving Kitchen employees can now submit completely anonymous reports to Giving Kitchen directly from their mobile phone or web browser allowing the organization to identify and even prevent inappropriate conduct in the workplace. Once a report is received, Giving Kitchen will be able to manage incidents through STOPit Solutions’ efficient and powerful investigative tools including the ability to message with the anonymous reporter and address issues instantly.

“It’s never too early for a small organization to start planning a future where you need really strong safeguards against abuse, malfeasance, embezzlement, sexual harassment or discrimination,” Bryan Schroeder, Executive Director of Giving Kitchen said.

The adoption of STOPit Solutions is an important part of Giving Kitchen’s continued effort to provide and promote a safe working environment for all employees. Giving Kitchen is on track to double in size over the next few years and hopes that this proactive step in empowering their employees will lead to better communication in reporting incidents as well as deter them from ever happening.

“We are excited to partner with Giving Kitchen. Our team and tools over at STOPit Solutions will help them maintain a positive work environment as they grow as an organization,” Neil Hooper, Chief Operating Officer of STOPit Solutions said.

About Giving Kitchen:

Giving Kitchen (GK) is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources in order to create a community where crisis is met with compassion and care, and anyone can be a hero. Since its inception, GK has given over 1,600 grants to food service workers in Georgia. GK’s shift starts when theirs can’t. For more about Giving Kitchen, visit givingkitchen.org, follow @givingkitchen and download the GK app for iPhone and Android.

About STOPit Solutions:

STOPit Solutions creates safer places to learn, work, and live. STOPit Solutions helps thousands of schools, offices, and townships worldwide inspire speak up cultures through 100 percent anonymous reporting tools and 24/7 monitoring 365 days a year.

To learn more about STOPit Solutions please visit www.stopitsolutions.com.

For more information contact Agatha Asch, STOPit Solutions Marketing & Communications Director, at 908-748-4356 or aasch@stopitsolutions.com.

Full Story

Coweta Schools Adopt Program to Empower, Protect Students

jeff holmes superintendent

Coweta Public Schools has enrolled with STOPit, the leading technology platform for schools that deters and controls harmful or inappropriate conduct. The program launched locally on March 27.

School Superintendent Jeff Holmes said 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 they need to keep students safe.

“We are pleased to introduce STOPit to our school community as another tool to emphasize the importance of student safety,” Holmes said. “All of our students deserve a safe educational environment. Students at all eight school sites will be able to utilize this powerful tool.”

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.

Holmes said 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.

According to Holmes, STOPit does more than just help schools address incidents and mitigate risk. The program will also help districts go beyond reacting to bullying and inappropriate behavior, and instead start deterring it.

“As young people continue to engage more with technology every day, we are taking a proactive step to empower our students to become upstanders in our community in the way that they feel most comfortable,” Holmes noted. “We believe our adoption of STOPit is an important step in our continued effort to provide a positive school climate and a safe learning environment for our students.”

Full Story

Frisco ISD Educators Accept Life Saver Award for Helping Virginia Student

frisco award group picture

Educators at Ashley Elementary were honored Monday by the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees and representatives from STOPit, the company FISD uses to provide online anonymous reporting for bullying and other school safety concerns.

Principal Kim Frankson, Assistant Principal Jess Johnson and Counselor Laurie Ortel were presented with the Helping Hands Life Saver Award, the first time STOPit has ever handed out the award.

The three educators were involved in assisting a suicidal student from Virginia using the STOPit mobile app. During the course of their conversation, the girl admitted to taking pills while home alone. Read more here.

“Without the quick action of the administrators in Frisco, our student would not have received the immediate mental health evaluation and treatment she required,” said Ryan Barber, director of student services in Waynesboro (Virginia) City Public Schools. “I am certain the outcome would have been different if it hadn’t been for the STOPit app and the administrators in Frisco. Our school division remains tremendously thankful for everyone who intervened on behalf of our student in crisis.”

STOPit President Parkhill Mays and Founder Todd Schobel traveled from New Jersey to personally present the awards in Frisco.

“We could not be more thrilled to give the Helping Hands Life Saver Award to the educators of Ashley Elementary,” Mays said. “They went above and beyond to ensure student safety and we feel honored that our tools and the team from STOPit Solutions helped them do just that.”

Also on hand for the recognition was Maurine Molak, mother of David Molak, the San Antonio teenager whose suicide inspired the 2017 Texas anti-bullying law known as David’s Law.

“This is the good that comes out of a tragedy and I just want to thank you so much for what you did,” Molak told the Ashley educators.

In 2018, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott featured Frisco ISD’s use of the STOPit mobile app in a report detailing efforts to enhance school safety across the state.

Full Story

Frisco Administrators Recognized for Saving Suicidal Student in Virginia

FRISCO, Texas — Three Frisco administrators from Ashley Elementary School have been credited with saving the life of a Virginia student who was suicidal and needed help. 

Frisco ISD told WFAA that the Virginia student had somehow communicated with the administrators through an anonymous reporting app called STOPit.

But before STOPit was even possible, Maurine Molak had to fight hard for David’s Law. David was her youngest son and 16 years old. His mother said he committed suicide after he was cyber-bullied.

“It’s a mom’s worst nightmare losing a child,” Molak said.

David’s Law gave schools the teeth to combat bullying. And that gave Todd Schobel the idea for an app called STOPit, where students can anonymously report issues like bullying.

“That’s what it does in deterring behaviors. People are thinking twice,” Schobel said.

Principal Kim Frankson, assistant principal Jess Johnson and counselor Laurie Ortel were honored Monday night with STOPit’s first-ever Lifesaver Medal.

“We said, ‘If we can save one child, it was all worth it,'” Molak said.

Full Story

3 Frisco Educators Honored For Helping Suicidal Student More Than 1,000 Miles Away

FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Three North Texas educators were honored Monday night for answering a long distance cry for help.

The message came via an app from a child contemplating suicide in Waynesboro, Virginia.

A message was sent and received nearly 1,200 miles away at a Frisco ISD elementary school.

Ashley Elementary School Principal Kim Frankson, Assistant Principal Jess Johnson and counselor Laurie Ortel will be the first to tell you, they don’t think of themselves as heroes, but others respectfully disagree.

They were in a meeting when they got a message through the STOPit app.

“It was the longest hour of our life,” said Johnson.

The app allows users to anonymously report bullying, hazing, or any other issues. Administrators can follow up through real time messaging and provide support.

STOPit messenger allows students to ask for help.

“When we first got it we didn’t recognize the name so it was really important to figure out who the child was and where she was at and get her the help immediately,” said Frankson.

They were able to call police and get help to that student in Virginia.

Monday evening, STOPit awarded its first ever Life Saver Awards to the Frisco trio.

STOPit has nearly 3,000,000 subscribers.

Full Story

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.

Full Story

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.”

Full Story

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.”

Full Story

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.

Full Story

Top