Quantcast

Carthage School District Creates App for Reporting Bullying - KOAM TV 7

Carthage School District Creates App for Reporting Bullying

Updated:
CARTHAGE, MISSOURI -


Combating bullying through technology, the Carthage school district created an app to be a new tool for reporting bullying incidents.  Students are just learning about the app announced this week.


Students don't get to use their phones during school at Carthage Junior high but afterward it’s a given they'll be on them. So the district created an online app for them to report bullying.

Superintendent Sean Smith said,  "We want to do our part with making sure that we address those situations  quickly and according to our policy. And this is just another way to be able to do that. Also, a lot of times students don’t feel comfortable reporting it to a building administrator. This allows them to do it electronically, so they don’t have to report the situation face to face."


Junior high counselor Rita Waynick agreed, "Sometimes kids are afraid to talk. They’re very socially aware so they don't want to say anything that may put a negative onus on them."

The app is modeled after an app used successfully in Shawnee Mission Kansas schools.   An icon on the district website opens to a ready-made form asking for witnesses and other details.  It even has drop boxes to choose locations at which the incident occurred.

A junior high teacher who has a first grader likes the idea. Jerilyn Sailor said, "I’ve seen it and I know it will happen. It’s inevitable that  it will happen to him or he'll see it with his friends or to classmates. And so, I hope that he learns to stand up for himself and for his friends and classmates. But I think it will be great to have something to do at home away from the bullying environment."

For years the junior high has had a bully box out in the hallway. It rarely has complaints in it. The counselor thinks the online app will have better results. Waynick said, "We're hoping that without it being out in public, someplace out in public, that if there are situations of bullying we're able to get those kids come to out of the woodwork and let us know."

And the superintendent added, "There will have to be follow up conversations, but the initial talking about it, is where the gap is."

 

Once the form is submitted,  it goes as an email to  the designated  bullying coordinator for the school chosen. The app can be used by anyone even community members who witness bullying.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Vinita Attorney Behind Bars After Shooting

    Vinita Attorney Behind Bars After Shooting

    Saturday, December 16 2017 10:24 PM EST2017-12-17 03:24:47 GMT
    The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says Karl Jones, a Vinita attorney got into a heated argument with high school coach,Jason Sauer. They say the argument turned violent, and Jones shot Sauer multiple times. Sauer was taken to the Tulsa hospital, in critical condition. Jones was arrested at the scene, and booked at the Craig County Jail. Authorities have not yet revealed a motive for the shooting.More >>
    The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says Karl Jones, a Vinita attorney got into a heated argument with high school coach,Jason Sauer. They say the argument turned violent, and Jones shot Sauer multiple times. Sauer was taken to the Tulsa hospital, in critical condition. Jones was arrested at the scene, and booked at the Craig County Jail. Authorities have not yet revealed a motive for the shooting.More >>
  • Special Training at PSU

    Special Training at PSU

    Saturday, December 16 2017 10:21 PM EST2017-12-17 03:21:06 GMT

    Saturday in Pittsburg, HVAC workers and plumbers were picking up some new skills while earning continuing education credits for recertification. 

    More >>

    Saturday in Pittsburg, HVAC workers and plumbers were picking up some new skills while earning continuing education credits for recertification. 

    More >>
  • Mt. Hope Participates in Wreaths Across America

    Mt. Hope Participates in Wreaths Across America

    Saturday, December 16 2017 10:19 PM EST2017-12-17 03:19:26 GMT
    Current members of the military laid wreaths down at 11AM on the several branches included on the Mount Hope monument. The 16th will mark the 26th anniversary of Maine wreaths being donated to be placed on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.  A special group of veterans honored were the prisoners of war and the soldiers missing in action. The wreath serves as a holiday gesture towards the sacrifices veterans make. "It's just a time where we reflec...More >>
    Current members of the military laid wreaths down at 11AM on the several branches included on the Mount Hope monument. The 16th will mark the 26th anniversary of Maine wreaths being donated to be placed on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.  A special group of veterans honored were the prisoners of war and the soldiers missing in action. The wreath serves as a holiday gesture towards the sacrifices veterans make. "It's just a time where we reflec...More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.