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Questa schools launch new technology to increase student safety

Questa schools have partnered with STOPit Solutions, a company focused on mitigating and altogether stopping bullying, cyber abuse, and other inappropriate behaviors which could impact students at school and online.

When a student submits a tip, officials from the campus and local law enforcement personnel will receive the information through the STOPit system. Personnel can interact with students anonymously to get follow-up information regarding the report and to determine what type of intervention can best serve the students impacted.

STOPit utilizes a 24/7 Incident Response Center, trained to take life-threatening tips, elevating them to the appropriate personnel to ensure the individual in crisis receives the care, support, and help they need.
The school launched the new technology at an assembly on Feb. 28, where students were given information on how to download the free app, and were provided with instructions on how to use it. STOPit Solutions will proactively help students identify unsafe situations, while empowering students to seek help and protect themselves.

To date, STOPit Solutions reports they’ve had national success, assisting with over 40,000 life-threatening interventions and over 10,000 suicide, self-harm, and shooting threat interventions.
These statistics underscore the importance of having a system where students feel safe enough to report when they feel in danger and needing help.

In a letter to parents, Principal Kimber MacDonald expressed the importance of this tool, while encouraging parents and students to download the app. In closing, MacDonald said, “together, we can make sure everyone in our community gets what they need to thrive.”