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  • New system allows youth and adults to securely submit anonymous safety concerns, anytime, from anywhere

    pale green background with a darker green thought bubble image containing the words "say something" and below it the words "anonymous reporting system" - this is a version of the graphic Sandy Hook Promise tip linePWCS is launching the "Say Something" Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS) designed specifically for students in grades 6-12 and staff to report any type of serious or potentially violent concerns of unsafe behavior or threats of harm to self or others. Say Something is a youth violence prevention program from the national nonprofit organization Sandy Hook Promise and is provided and sustained at no cost to PWCS.

    "Tipsters" can send reports on anything from school threats they've seen or overheard to personal crises including sexual harassment, self-harm, and depression. The system enables school administrators and those in law enforcement to create effective interventions and intervene upon at-risk individuals to help prevent violence, suicide, bullying, self-harm, and other forms of threatening behavior.

    All tips submitted receive an immediate response by one of the highly skilled crisis counselors at the Sandy Hook Promise National Crisis Center; this person then determines the necessary support steps. When credible tips are received that are life-threatening and require immediate attention, the crisis center will notify school-based representatives, even after hours. And, in cases of imminent threat, the crisis center will contact local 911 dispatch and involve law enforcement. Users can submit a tip by calling 1-844-5-SAYNOW or by visiting www.saysomething.net. The free app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play Store, where students can submit tips instantly.

    Although this system becomes effective this month in PWCS and will replace the School Division's existing version, both tip lines will remain in effect through the end of the school year. PWCS administrators and "Say Something" response teams at each secondary school have begun training with SS-ARS. Middle and high school students (grade 6-12) will also be trained in how to use the system.