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Barnum School District Rolls out Bullying App

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BARNUM, MN - When Barnum high school students go back to school on September 4 they will be equipped with an app called Stop-it help.

"This app will allow them to communicate with us in a proactive way so that we can get involved right away," said Brian Kazmierczak, Barnum high school principal.

The app allows students to anonymously send a report containing text, photos, or video from their school-issued iPads to a list of trusted school administrators when bullying occurs.

"Sometimes as adults, we think stuff is going on, but really the kids have a better idea and a better vibe of what is happening within the school. So this will give us more information to just know what they see on a daily basis," said Alycia Dammer, Barnum high school counselor.

School Administrators noticed that they were usually the last to know when bullying occurred, so they thought this was a good opportunity to try something new.

"Sometimes kids have a tough time coming to an adult, and students use apps, and that is something that is very familiar for them and so this will be a great opportunity for them," said Dammer.

The district said its goal is to have every student feel empowered to stand up for themselves and others while giving administration insight to keep students safe.

"We're always looking for ways to make our school safe, and if it's trying something new, and if it works for one student it's gonna be worth it," said Kazmierczak.

The School District pays a flat rate of $2 to $5 per students a year to use the app. Districts across Minnesota and Wisconsin are already using the app.

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