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School Gun Violence Apps Help Students Report Threats

School Gun Violence Apps Help Students Report Threats
New apps allow students to report threats of school gun violence anonymously. (Ponsulak/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Thursday, 22 February 2018 03:48 PM

New apps are giving school students a way to report threats of gun violence anonymously, hoping to prevent mass school shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida, last week.

Some students don’t want to say anything when they hear a threat or see problematic behavior because they don’t want to be seen as a “snitch,” ABC News reported.

The Say Something app from nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise gives students a way to let the school know if they see or hear anything that could indicate danger.

“I absolutely know that this app can save lives,” Sandy Hook Promise founder Nicole Hockley, who lost her son Dylan in the Sandy Hook shooting, said, ABC News reported. The app is a 24/7 reporting system that also includes a website and telephone line and can be used by students, teachers, or parents. 

Sandy Hook Promise pairs the app with a short gun program on gun violence for grades 6-12 that teaches students how to identify warning signs of a shooting and shows them how to use the app.

According to ABC, seven school districts are now using the Say Something app and 23 more cities and districts are in the onboarding process.

Most mass shooters give some indication to a friend, on social media, or in another way that they plan to commit violence. The Parkland, Florida, shooter posted in a comment on a YouTube that he wanted to “be a professional school shooter.”

Another reporting app called Safe 2 Tell is currently used in Colorado schools and has had 154 tips about attacks since the Parkland shooting, ABC News reported. More than 60 students reported a social media post that seemed to threaten violence, but it turned out to be a prank. 

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