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Bullying can be a very touchy subject to some people. Bullying can happen in many different forms: cyber abuse, verbal insults, physical abuse, or emotional and mental abuse. This can really take a toll on many people’s emotional health or self image. Most people are told to talk to a trusted adult or a friend. These are great ways to get some help, but not everybody feels that they have someone to talk to. Somebody that has many friends, family members, or teachers that care about them might still feel alone with their struggles. Other people may feel embarrassed and not want to come forward about the negative things happening in their lives.

As an initiative to help end bullying, Lewis Cass is now enrolled with STOPit! This is an online tool used by students to report incidents of bullying. Students will be able to access this program through a mobile app available to download onto their devices. The program will be free to download. Along with a mobile app for students, a management system is also available for staff and school administrators. Staff members can play a part in helping students that are experiencing forms of bullying.

The app will have two different features available. The report feature can be used by students to report incidents to the school. The student has the choice to either include names or keep it anonymous. The second feature of this app is messenger. Messenger can also be used by students who would like to have a two-way conversation with a school contact. This can also be done anonymously if chosen to do so. The only way the school administrator would know any personal information is if the student decides to provide the information in the messages.

STOPit is a step towards providing a safer community. The intent of this program is to give students the power to stand up for themselves and others. An incident does not have to involve the person reporting it. If a student is aware of another victim of inappropriate behaviors, then they can also use this app to find some help for them. Using this app can be a great way to not only find some help for yourself but for your peers too.

Having access to this program can be a huge improvement in our community as a whole. It can be a great way for students to deal with the problems they might have. The goals of this program are to make students feel more secure and confident online and offline. Mr. Smith, our dean of students, added that this app is a way to “give a voice to the students” and find them help.

This app may not stop bullying altogether, but it is a great, helpful way to give students a way to deal with and overcome the struggles that are brought on to a victim of bullying. Bullying is a terrible occurence, and it’s disheartening to think about how many people are victims to it every day. Any way we can encourage somebody to find the strength to seek help is good, and the program STOPit is a step in the right direction.

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4 Responses to “STOP!T”

  1. Levi Dyer on August 8th, 2018 11:17 am

    The author did a great job of trying to reach out to the readers and draw some kind of emotion out of them. I like the way that they described in detail the ways that people can be bullied. Not many people understand that it can be considered bullying. The writer did a great job of trying to support the STOP!t program and even gave adequate information on the app and how to obtain it.

  2. Lanie Miller on August 9th, 2018 8:46 am

    I really enjoyed reading this article, you did an amazing job of explaining the different ways that people can be bullied. Most people just think of the stereotypical movie bully, but you stating the different forms of it is going to really be an eye opener for some people! Great article Katelyn. This definitely needed to be addressed and you did that perfectly.

  3. Lauren Hileman on August 9th, 2018 9:12 pm

    I think that this article was very well written and covered many questions that some people may have. I definitely know that I had a question or two about the situation. I am glad you met with him and got a good quote for this. I also think that adding the many situations and types of bullying helps give people a little look into things that could happen. I liked that you included the community because Lewis Cass isn’t just the school.

  4. Ryne Birnell on August 14th, 2018 8:59 pm

    Great article! Thank you for doing the research on stop!t and clearing up any confusion about this new app. I believe stop!t can make a difference in the school. Thanks for doing report on stop!t.

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