CENTREVILLE, Md. - Queen Anne’s County Public Schools created a new texting program for students to report bullying with pictures and video.
The public school system is the first in the nation to have the picture and video text-a-tip program.
The Text-A-Tip4Schools program allows students to have two-way text conversations with school administrators and provide them with more detailed information about the instance.
On Tuesday Oct. 29, the program will launch at Kent Island High School and Queen Anne’s County High School for a 60-day pilot.
If the program is successful, it will then be available to both middle and elementary schools.
When students see an incident that they want to report they can send it using the school’s unique text keyword. Once received, a privacy code is issued and students can then text information such as: what happened, location, times, perpetrators, victims and witnesses.
Once the information is collected, a text conversation is sent to a school administrator for a follow-up with the student.
"We have been looking for a way that students would be able to communicate concerns to their school administrators. Our highest priority is the safety of our children,” said Superintendent Carol Williamson in a statement.
The school system hopes that this will help students become more comfortable in reporting bullying and harassment incidents at school.
"This program provides a way for students to contact school administrators and report incidents of bullying and harassment anonymously," said Supervisor of Student Services Brad Engal in a statement.
For more information about the Text-A-Tip4Schools program, call the Queen’s County Board of Education at 410-758-8216.
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