Union County Public Schools Launch New Safety App

UNION COUNTY, N.C. — Union County Public Schools are expanding their efforts to keep students safe. They've joined the state in launching an app called "Say Something."

It's a free app where middle and high school students can anonymously report potential dangers. It can range from weapons to bullying, even self-harm.

"This is going to be a powerful tool," State Superintendent Mark Johnson said.

It trains kids to spot at-risk behavior, and report it. A command center will vet every tip. It's about preventing disaster in schools instead of reacting to them. 

"This is about how you change a culture to really look out for each other and giving the kids the control over their environment and what they do, versus saying that this is-- this is an unsafe environment and you need to practice running and hiding," said co-founder of The Sandy Hook Promise, Nicole Hockley.

North Carolina has tried the app as a pilot program in dozens of schools, and in some cases, they were getting 40 tips a week. 

Now the app is part of a statewide program, but it has yet to roll out across all of North Carolina.

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Click Here to learn more about Say Something.

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