TUSD’s New Anti-Bullying App Gets Mixed Reactions

The Turlock Unified School District is taking its anti-bullying efforts online with a new app to make it easier for students to report abuse.

The district recently launched the STOPit app, an online reporting tool designed to deter and mitigate bullying and cyberabuse.

“STOPit offers students a simple app to securely and anonymously report anything that concerns them to school officials – from cyberbullying to threats of violence or self-harm,” TUSD said in a statement. “STOPit empowers students to stand up for themselves and others while giving our schools the information we need to keep students safe.”

The app allows a person to submit a tip regarding various categories such as: bullying, domestic violence and weapons. These tips are sent anonymously and the district will take appropriate action in the future.

There is also a tap offering local resources for people in need like: the Turlock Gospel Mission, We Care and Havens Women’s Center.

Students have mixed feelings about the app; Although they agree that it is important to stop bullying and violence, some feel uncomfortable reporting against their peers.

“I think the app is awesome,” said junior Doug Whitter. “We need to do everything we can to stop bullying, kids have very serious mental health issues because of this stuff.”

“We should all want to stop bullying, but I don’t know how I feel about reporting other kids,” junior Lindsey Breukner said.

Some of the other student concerns are that people will misuse the app and make false claims.

“Look, I know someone will find it funny to report something that didn’t actually happen, and an innocent person can get in real trouble,” said Chris Kline, senior.

This concern is not unfounded, as several reviews of the app on the App Store have students claiming that they have been falsely accused and face serious consequences for those accusations. However, there are also reviews praising how the app is helping to end bullying in schools.

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