Alabaster schools launch app which allows students to report bullying

Alabaster schools launch app which allows students to report bullying

ALABASTER, AL (WBRC) - Alabaster schools have some new policies and an app to help deal with bullying.

The app was just created and will be in place when students return in the fall. It's called Anonymous Alerts. 

Students can just download the app and if they are being bullied or if they know of someone who is being bullied. They can then shoot a text anonymously about the situation. 

That information will go to that student's principal, the school resource officer, the superintendent and the system's student services coordinator, Dorann Tanner. Tanner said the schools aren't really seeing a big problem with bullying but they wanted students to have this tool just in case they need it.

"We didn't want a child not to report bullying because they were afraid of retribution or that it will cause the bullying to get worse. So it encourages a bystander to be able to tell somebody anonymously to get the help the victim needs," Tanner said.

If a student doesn't have a smartphone to download the app, they can send an email to the school system's website. All of this can be done anonymously. Even if administrators have questions, they are able to ask those and have a conversation with the person while they remain anonymous.

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