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Say Something App coming to JCPS Nov. 30th

Johnston County Public Schools priority has always been the safety and well-being of our students and staff. Our district believes in being proactive-especially when it comes to safety and well-being. Mostly, JCPS values the idea that students and staff should feel safe and secure while they are on our campuses every day.

That is why we are happy to introduce the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (Say Something) program to our district. Students will be trained on this program during the week of Nov. 30.

Say Something is a violence prevention program run by Sandy Hook Promise, a national nonprofit organization. It empowers students and staff to submit anonymous safety concern tips through an app, website, or phone call. Simply put, this program is meant to enhance student protections we already have in place.

More than 700 schools statewide have launched this program to date. Administrators and school staff report that their students already feel safer-and that this tested program has already saved lives.

Included below is information about what the app is, how students can use it, and why we're adopting it in our schools below.

Say Something App FAQ

What is Say Something?

Say Something is an anonymous reporting system that lets students, parents, staff, and community members securely share safety concerns. Say Something focuses on student and staff safety by:

  1. Training students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize warning signs of someone who may be a threat to themselves or others-including signs on social media.
  2. Providing a way to report concerning behavior, which then helps school administrators and law enforcement members prevent violence, suicide, bullying, self-harm, and other dangerous behavior.

Johnston County Public Schools has been working with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as we launch this program in our schools. Every public school in North Carolina will adopt this program by the end of the year.

How does Say Something work?

Students and staff can submit an anonymous tip through an app, the website or a phone call when they notice concerning or threatening behavior. Every submission goes directly to a trained crisis counselor. The licensed counselor then shares the information and next steps with the JCPS team and law enforcement as needed. The team steps in to address the threat and provide needed solutions. Every District team has a trained Say Something response staff that includes social workers, counselors, and administrators.

Say Something is meant to help identify and stop school shootings, suicides, and gun threats. In addition, this application can reduce bullying, cyberbullying, self-harm, drug use, racial conflicts, and other violence and victimization.