Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools launch ‘Say Something’ anonymous reporting system for students

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) — On Tuesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools begin training and launching the Say something Anonymous reporting system (SS-ARS) in colleges and high schools.

Say Something is a national nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) youth violence prevention program, which has funding to provide the program and training at no cost to the district.

Officials say the system meets guidelines and reporting standards developed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Center for Safer Schools.

Individuals can submit reports on everything from school threats they have seen or heard to personal crises, such as sexual harassment, self-harm and depression.

SS-ARS allows youth and adults to safely submit anonymous safety concerns – anytime, from anywhere – to help identify at-risk individuals before they harm themselves or others. others.

The system enables school administrators and law enforcement to create effective interventions and help prevent violence, suicide, bullying, self-harm and other forms of threatening behavior.

“If a student needs to talk about a concern – whether it’s about themselves or someone else – but doesn’t know where to turn, Say Something is there,” said Center for Safer Schools executive director Bo Caldwell. “It’s a robust system that’s always on, always accessible, and it allows students to voice their concerns anonymously while ensuring their messages are heard by the right adults.”

Designed specifically for use by students in grades 6-12, the SS-ARS provides three reporting platforms (mobile app, website, 24/7 hotline) allowing users to submit advice and to the National Crisis Center for analysis and response.

When credible information is received, the Crisis Center will notify school representatives, even after hours, when situations are life-threatening and require immediate intervention.

And, in the event of an imminent threat, the crisis center will contact the local 911 dispatch and involve law enforcement.

The Say Something program is used to report any type of serious problem involving struggling or potentially violent students.

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Individuals can submit reports on everything from school threats they have seen or heard to personal crises, including sexual harassment, self-harm and depression.

“Our Safety and Wellbeing Task Force has been planning for this deployment for several months,” Superintendent Earnest Winston said. “Training of staff and security teams is complete. We are convinced that this will allow our pupils to say something if they see something. This program is part of our security solution. We believe our students want to do the right thing, and access to the reporting system is a step in the right direction. »

Students can submit a tip through the Say Something online system by visiting www.saysomething.net.

The free app is available for download on the App Store and Google Play Store, and students can submit tips through the hotline by calling 1-844-5-SAYNOW.

As of January, 5,000 schools and school districts are participating in the Say Something system, with more than two million students and educators trained in SS-ARS, according to Sandy Hook Promise.

CMS administrators and response teams from each school have been training with the SS-ARS since the fall of this school year.

CMS middle and high school students learn to use the system for the next two weeks.

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