STOPit, the only smartphone app that empowers students to anonymously report, deter and provide follow up information about cyber-abuse and harassment, will host rallies this week. The anti-bullying events in the Hardeman County area follow a recent tragic hazing and rape scandal at Ooltewah High School outside of Chattanooga. Hardeman County schools are among the first of many Tennessee school districts implementing STOPit to arm students with tools that will prevent similar incidents before they occur.
STOPit has been successful in reducing bullying in schools by as much as 50 percent in the first year and is available to school districts throughout Tennessee through a recent STOPit alliance with Great American Insurance Group (GAIG). The mere existence of STOPit in a school community immediately forces bullies to think twice before posting. The rallies will feature presentations from internationally recognized antibullying advocates Carol Todd and Detective Sergeant Tom Rich and will be attended by STOPit Founder and CEO Todd Schobel.
Carol Todd, mother of Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old student who committed suicide as a result of harassment and brought the consequences of cyberbullying to the world’s attention Detective Sergeant Tom Rich: STOPit’s cyber-safety expert who has been speaking nationally and internationally since 2008 about how to use technology in a positive way.
Hardeman County School Rallies will be held Thursday, Feb. 18 at:
Bolivar Middle School Gym (915 Pruitt Street) from 8:45-10 a.m.: Elementary and Middle school rally
Bolivar Central High School Auditorium (31 Harris Street) from 10:15-11:30 a.m.: High school rally
Middleton High School (138 Florida Street) from 1-2:15 p.m.: High school rally
Bolivar Central High School (31 Harris Street) from 7-8 p.m.: Parent rally.