“After every presentation on cyberbullying, there are always students with comments or questions, most of them routine. But not all of them. One comment recently offered to Sgt. Tom Rich of the Summit (N.J.) Police Department by an eighth-grade girl certainly didn’t qualify as routine: “I’m glad I go to a school that offers an app that helps students in trouble. If the school where I went to sixth grade had had it, I might not have tried to kill myself.”
Understandably, that student stands out for Rich, who has been making presentations on cyberbullying in various schools, including David Brearley Middle-High School in Kenilworth, N.J, for a number of years. In February 2014, Brearley participated in a pilot program to test a new smartphone/tablet application program that has proved a powerful tool to help students help themselves and their fellow students.