RICHLAND, Wash. - Students in Richland now have a new tool at their fingertips that allows them to anonymously report any suspicious activity they may see.
The SafeSchools Alert System launched Thursday for the Richland School District. Students, staff, parents and the community can submit tips regarding a variety of issues.
"It could be community members seeing some students gathered...behind the high school on the weekends at suspicious times....anything involving any of the district's buildings, schools, offices," said Mike Leseberg, executive director of Information Technology at the Richland School District. "It can also be related more to the students - bullying, harassment, family home issues, mental health issues."
Reports can be made through text, email, web or phone. Each report is then immediately logged into the system and an administrator is notified so they can investigate and take appropriate action.
"This is an avenue that lets them provide communication anonymously so they can report things as they want to," said Leseberg. "We heard that loud and clear from our students."
While the system does support anonymous tips, Leseberg said those using the system should provide as much information as possible to help the district respond more quickly and efficiently.
The system is now online for Richland high schools and middle schools. The district says it will be available at Richland elementary schools soon.
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