By: Kaelin Hughes/Junior Writer
On Monday, January 14th, BR middle and high school students attended a “Safe 2 Say” assembly to learn how and when to use a new anonymous tip system being implemented throughout the state this month.
“Safe 2 Say” was created by the Sandy Hook Promise to combat violence in schools like threats of a shooting, drug abuse, self-harm, and suicide. The system is similar, in part, to the existing Student Assistance Program (SAP), where others may report a student anonymously (or not) for certain behaviors and concerns, and school officials will take care of it after checking the report.
With the new Safe 2 Say system, students can download an app from the Google, Android, or iOS app stores that allows them to file a report on a student anonymously.
According to Matthew Nebzydoski,
Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, “Those using the app will be connected with someone from emergency services who in turn will notify staff here at Blue Ridge to investigate and respond.”
Reports can also be filed through the Safe 2 Say website, but students are encouraged to report directly to staff at Blue Ridge like the guidance counselors, Mr. Deck, Mrs. Webster, Mr. Nebzydoski, or even teachers.
If you or someone you know is experiencing questionable behaviors, or thoughts of self-harm and violence against others, please talk to a trusted adult or teacher in your life, or contact the Safe 2 Say site.
Kaelin Hughes is a first year journalism student taking on her junior year at Blue Ridge High School. When you don’t have any idea of where she is, she can be found doing anything music related, stressing out over classes, or sleeping. Her future goals are to go to college to major in Political Science, and eventually going to law school to become a lawyer.