MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - District Attorney Ashley Rich has announced a new initiative to fight bullying using technology that will place anonymous reporting in the hands of every student in Mobile County.
BULLYBLOCKER is an anonymous text message program put in place so that students can openly communicate and report bullying in schools to the district attorney.
The initiative's goal is to successfully decrease the amount of bullying that occurs on School premises, after school, and also via social networking websites. One–third of all students ages 12-18 admit to being bullied. One out of five students ages 12-18 admit to being bully or doing some form of bullying.
BULLYBLOCKER serves as a tool for students, allowing them to connect directly to the DA's Office.
"In today's modern technological environment, texting is a well-known method of communication. With BULLYBLOCKER all it takes is a simple text to report an act of Bullying. Any behavior that leaves an individual feeling victimized, whether it be in school or online can be easily reported using BULLYBLOCKER," said DA Rich.
BULLYBLOCKER is a simple process. When an act of bullying occurs a text message can be sent by victims or witnesses and is submitted to an investigator in the D.A.'s Office. Upon receiving the text, an investigation can be put into place and the school administration will be immediately contacted and a report will be made. A report will be sent to the appropriate school principal with the details of the report so that an immediate review can take place.
"Every day a student skips school because of some level of harassment by another student. There are far too many reports of injuries, death, and emotional damage because of bullying-we have heard this too often from our schools, and parents. We hope this new technology will impact this behavior," added Rich.
Bullying does not just happen at the lockers anymore. Bullying invades every minute of a young person's life. It's haunting, and it can seem hopeless. If you or someone you know is being bullied, the Mobile County district attorney wants to help. Just text BULLYLOCKER to 839863.
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