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News In-brief: Safe 2 Say and Preventing Violence in Schools

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.

Matthew Nebzydoski, Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at Blue Ridge High School

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.

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Mr. Nebzdoski
Mr. Nebzdoski
5 years ago

Kaelin, Thanks for helping us get the word out.

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