Haddonfield students get new tool against bullying

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Sick of being cyber-bullied? Know a friend in trouble? In a dark place yourself, but not sure where to turn?

If you are a student at Haddonfield Memorial High School, help is at your fingertips.

At two assemblies Thursday, the school marked its rollout of STOPit, a smartphone and tablet application that makes it easier for students to report bullying or other concerns to trusted adults.

"We feel we're giving them a safer, healthier environment," said principal Charles Klaus, who considers the potential benefits well worth the approximately $3 per student the district will pay.

App developer Todd Schobel, a Cherry Hill native who lives in Hunterdon County, N.J., said STOPit grew out of his devastation over the story of Amanda Todd, a Canadian teenager who killed herself in 2012 after being cyber-bullied for years.

"I have young kids, and everything collapsed on me emotionally," Schobel said.

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