The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has contracted with Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) to provide a statewide Say Something Anonymous Reporting System.
The Sandy Hook Promise organization, founded out of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, states that, “by uniting people of all beliefs and backgrounds who value the protection of children to take meaningful actions in their homes and communities, we will prevent gun violence and stop the tragic loss of life.”
The app will launch in Iredell County in the coming weeks. The Say Something program, which includes an anonymous mobile tip app, is a school safety program aimed at changing, and saving, lives by teaching students and educators not only to recognize signs of young people at risk, but also to connect them to the right people via a mobile tip line.
In the Iredell-Statesville Schools, student training on the Say Something app will happen during the week of Nov. 18-22. Parents of I-SS students will receive more information and details on the Say Something app in the coming weeks, a release stated.
The goal of the school district is to make sure that every middle and high school student is knowledgeable with and has access to the app so that it can be used to connect those in crisis to others who can help.
Superintendent Brady Johnson says the new app will be beneficial to students and to administration.
“We have made a true effort to connect to the whole child and serve them both academically and emotionally,” he stated in a news release. “We realize that many students are dealing with a myriad of issues, and we want them to feel confident to communicate with adults who care. This app will allow us to provide assistance to students in need at the times that they need it.
“We are confident that partnerships with agencies in our community and across the state will make our schools safer places to learn and grow. ”
Iredell County Emergency Communications (ECOM) , the Iredell Sheriff’s Office, the Iredell-Statesville School District and other local law enforcement agencies have partnered together to make sure there is a smooth rollout of the app.
“The app will require cooperation between emergency communications, law enforcement officers and the school district,” Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell stated in a release. “Tips will be broken down into two different categories, life threatening and non-life threatening. Life threatening tips will be dispersed to law enforcement while non-life threatening tips will be directed to the school system. Getting real-time information is key to preventing violence.”
Both I-SS and ECOM officials were trained in using the app and the process of response.
“Iredell County Emergency Communications went through a test of the Say Something app Wednesday, Oct. 23, where telecommunicators were evaluated on their ability to process simulated tips,” Candy Miller, director of Iredell County Emergency Communication, stated in a news release.
“ECOM received verification of compliance and are ensured that they are ready to receive these tips and dispatch them to the proper authorities as necessary. We are proud to be part of this initiative, taking a proactive approach in providing a resource that will encourage students to report potential threatening situations.”