Brooke County Tackles Bullying with New App

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By Gage Goulding

Brooke County Schools are booming with technology. Just last week school officials rolled out a new notification system that alerts students and parents about emergencies, school cancellations, delays and more using text messaging.

Now coming up in December, students will have a new way to anonymously report bullying right from the palm of their hands.

“Students can download this to their smartphone. They can also access this from their Chromebooks,” said Technology Director, Stephanie Zimmer.

Students will answer several questions, including where and when the incident happened, and can also attach video or picture evidence.

“Once the student reports it, it goes to administration. It goes to all the principals in the school,” said Zimmer.

Students in each school will be given a unique code for their school.

“I think it’s a great tool in our new toolbox as we begin a very robust initiative here in Brooke County on how to address bullying,” said Alternative Learning Center Principal, Mike Lewis.

“I was bullied last year really badly, and I felt alone,” said Student Senior Kaitlyn Lahita.

Kaitlyn took that experience and started the anti-bullying club at Brooke High School, which now has 30 members and had a role in bringing STOPit to Brooke County Schools.

“I love that they are trying to help out. Dr. Crook brought the idea, the STOPit app, to me and I told him it was a good idea,” said Lahita.

The STOPit app is free and can be downloaded on both Apple and Android devices. It goes live December 2nd.

Curious why over 5,000 organizations worldwide are using STOPit’s anonymous reporting software and 24/7/365 monitoring services?

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