Students will learn how to spot the signs of at-risk behaviors, especially in social media, and take action by submitting a tip anonymously
Today, New Hanover County Schools is announcing its partnership with Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a leading violence prevention organization, to roll out its Say Something Anonymous Reporting System to its students districtwide.
The Say Something Anonymous Reporting System allows students to submit secure and anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene upon at-risk individuals BEFORE they hurt themselves or others. Concerned students simply submit a tip using the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System app, website, or by calling a dedicated 24/7 crisis center. SHP’s crisis center then triages the tip and communicates it back to the identified school district contacts and, as needed, to law enforcement.
“Building upon our Say Something program, we are happy to partner with New Hanover County Schools to help their students become “upstanders” by training them to Know the Signs of potential violence and to say something before a tragedy might occur,” said Nicole Hockley, Managing Director at Sandy Hook Promise and mother to Dylan, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “With the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System, students can now take action to submit a tip anonymously and be sure it is effectively managed by schools and local law enforcement. From bullying to substance abuse to suicide and school shooting threats, schools and communities can take tangible action to prevent violence before it occurs.”
The Say Something Anonymous Reporting System is managed and maintained by a national digital leader in the school safety space with 20+ years of experience and a nationally accredited, 24/7 Crisis Center staffed by trained professional Helpline Counselors. SHP provides overall management and training of the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System to school districts’ teachers, administrators, and students. SHP pays for 100% of the costs, through donations, grants, and other gifts, to train and sustain the program in local districts.
About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.
The New Hanover County Schools platform will go live on November 5, 2019. All middle and high school students will be trained at school between November 5, 2019, and November 8, 2019.
For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.