I was a victim of bullying. Driving home with my mom from a soccer game, she asked me, because I guess I seemed off, she asked me what was wrong, and I just exploded with all this stuff, what was going in in school, the name calling, the teasing, I found out that the same bully who had been attacking me had also been reported by STOPit. Knowing that someone in the school cared enough to say something about it made a world of a difference for me.
To me the number one thing that we have to do as an administrative team is make sure the students feel safe in school.
Kids they’re dealing with some things that I never really thought about dealing with.
For students to be successful in school you know they’ve got to feel safe they’ve got to feel comfortable, they’ve got to feel that they’re able to come to school and not have some threats that are out there.
Administrators, teachers, we can’t be everywhere in the building, we don’t see everything. But students are everywhere.
I think that school communities are always looking for a resource that’s going to make them more effective.
A lot of salesmen you know they come in and they make their pitch and they say that but I’m not a salesmen, that’s what I told him, I said I’m not a salesman for STOPit, I’m just a user and I love it and it’s fantastic.
Initially you know we were a little afraid of the implementation, would we get bogged down in how to deliver their services.
STOPit makes it very convenient for schools to implement their products. There’s great training that’s done via webinar, they answer any questions you may have, and they provide a lot of great marketing materials to implement and to help kids understand what it’s all about.
One of the things I really liked about the STOPit app was first the simplicity, there’s really only two buttons that students can utilize.
The thing that I really liked about it is that it gives us the opportunity to give really instant attention to these situations.
False reporting was our number one concern when we implemented this and we did have some, we did, but it died off quite quickly.
I don’t know that I could count of one hand the number of false reports that we’ve gotten.
One thing that I really like about the STOPit app is that if you have continuous false reports you can block that user for a period of time.
We had a coach who was abusing students and had been for a long time. And through this program we were able to make that stop.
We have had at least three kids who have gotten counseling for suicidal ideation and they’re getting the help they need.
One of the questions of course the district’s always going to ask is liability.
I almost feel like it’s a liability not to have something like this in place. This app provides us with more documentation more information from the students who witness it.
It takes a lot of pressure off us because it allows for a procedure that we follow. It gives us now a roadmap to kind of investigate research and maybe come up with a solution to a potential problem.
I know most schools are very apprehensive about starting new programs because programs come and go but I don’t think this program is going anywhere.
We’ve been very fortunate that the stopit app and program has provided us the change that we were looking for.
Looking down the hallway, I’m seeing a lot more smiles. It’s not a priority, because priority’s change, like a drumbeat it is now part of our culture.
Very happy to have this in effect we’re working on our budgets right now and I’m working on making sure I have it in the budget to provide this for all of our middle and high schools this year.
It works, it makes my life so much easier, as a principal. I promise, if it doesn’t, I’ll buy it.
If we can just save one kid’s life, it’s worth it. I’m nearly positive we’ve already done that in just a few months.
It’s really helped a lot with my confidence in myself, my abilities, who I am. And, thank you.