WSAZ story on the launch of the Safety Tipline

By Chad Hedrick | Posted: Tue 6:56 PM, Oct 02, 2018

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Statistics show every seven seconds a teenager is bullied by another, and every day 160,000 students miss school because they are being bullied.

Turning to a teacher or principal can be easier said than done, which is why Boyd County Public Schools is offering a free service to allow students and parents to report bullying anonymously via an online tip line.

"I think that it's wonderful that they will be able to go, or we would be able to go over to that and talk this out and maybe stop this bullying and this cyberbullying," said Cheryl Stanley.

Stanley's grandson has been a victim of bullying, and she says he was scared to come forward. "We tried to get him to go talk to the principal or to the teachers and he said the kids would find out and they would make it even worse."

It's a problem 250,000 kids a month run into. That's why the Kentucky Center for School Safety provides The Safety Tipline, Online Prevention, also known as S.T.O.P.

The district is rolling out the program in connection with Bullying Awareness Month and other bullying events and lessons being taught the month of October.

"We know they feel a little pressure from their peers, and that if they did report there would be some sort of negative feedback in their perception," said district administrator Dara'Su Williams.

Williams says the way the program works, when a student or parent fills out a report on anything, including violence, drugs or alcohol or any other high risk behavior, an alert is sent to a designated group of administrators who will then respond appropriately.

"I think it's going to be a grand thing for all parents, grandparents," Stanley said. "To get on there with the children and show them what to go through and that there is help there."

The link to the page is on the school district's website in the upper right corner.

Other districts that offer the service include Greenup, Elliott, and Johnson County Schools. Russell Independent and Raceland-Worthington Independent offer it, as well.

Click here to go to the Boyd County Safety TiplineS.T.O.P.

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