Anti-bullying app now available in Brooke County Schools

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BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF)- There’s an app for that, a phrase you have heard and will probably continue to hear for years to come.​

Now it’s time for something different, an app nonetheless, but one that can help stop bullying in schools nationwide. ​

7News learned about a new app that can help change the outcome of crises in schools all across the country.​

Called the Stop It app, it is a national app designed for students to anonymously report behavior in their school.

Bullying and cyberbullying, on or off campus, suicidal thoughts, bringing drugs and even weapons to school; nothing is excluded and all reports go straight to administration.

We have a lot of cyberbullying in our schools, like with Snapchat it disappears after 24 hours, so the kids can take a screen shot and send it to the principals like right away.

Elliot McDonald, Brooke Middle School 6th Grade Student

I think the ‘Stop It App’ is needed in schools because it helps with every student because I feel like a lot of students are afraid to talk to the principal because they are scared. I think this is a way to keep kids safe. Cyberbullying, bullying in general it puts a lot of hard feelings and thoughts on kids, some kids will get depressed and that’s not good for your health and for you heart and for your mental health, so this will help by relieving that stress that is put on the children.

Lorelei Costlow, Brooke Middle School 6th Grade Student

Brooke County Schools have adopted the Stop It App for grades K through 12, as have other school districts in the Mountain State.

Students can download the free app on their iPhone or Android and each school has a unique code.​

The app is to improve the safety and security of all of our students when they’re here at school. We want them to feel safe and to feel supported and this is just another way we can do that.

Stephanie Zimmer, Director of Technology Assessment and Communication.

At an information rollout presentation on Wednesday, students were open to the innovative idea.

The Stop It App’s intention appears to be one less obstacle in adolescence. ​It’s thought that if students are able to use a phone, tablet, or computer, documenting an incident becomes much easier.

More info can be found on the Brooke County website, brooke.k12.wv.us.

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