Donation underscores the importance of anonymous reporting for school safety, and will fund the development of a new threat assessment program
Newtown, Conn. – August 15, 2018 – Safe and Sound Schools today announced a $25,000 grant from report it® to develop a new threat assessment program to help schools improve their safety and security. report it® is a trusted anonymous, confidential reporting app that allows anyone to quickly and easily share concerns and feel confident the right people will receive their report. The two organizations are working together to raise awareness about the importance of anonymous reporting for school safety, specifically its role in early detection for intervention and prevention.
“Our goal is to foster communication, and through that, we can prevent violence,” said Anthony Lavalle, executive director and founder, report it®. “If something isn’t right, then people need so speak up and feel comfortable doing so. If they are uncomfortable speaking in person, they can know that report it® will route their concern to the right in-school designated report recipient , whether it be the school principal, SRO , Guidance Counselor , mental health specialist, or administrator.”
While students often know about potential acts of violence or threats, many are unwilling to communicate due to fear of retaliation. report it® provides a simple solution that allows youth to feel comfortable sharing potential threats, while helping schools prevent violence and improve safety. The report it® platform is accessible from the web or app, is discrete, and allows for the full spectrum of reporting concerns. Anonymous tips to report it® are automatically routed to the appropriate agency in the city/state where the user is using the app. This saves time and ensures report receipt quick and efficient attention by the proper agency in the nearest jurisdiction.
“report it®’s focus on early detection for intervention and prevention aligns well with Safe and Sound School’s goal of school crisis prevention, response and recovery,” said Michele Gay, executive director and co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools. “Anonymity is critical in the school environment. Students and community members who use report it® can be confident their information is not even in the app, which removes a burden from students and opens a direct channel of communication.”
report it®’s donation to Safe and Sound Schools will fund a new program targeted toward threat assessment available in early 2019. For more information about Safe and Sound Schools, including free assessment tools, tool kits and resources, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.
About Safe and Sound Schools
Founded in 2013, Safe and Sound Schools works with school communities and mental health, law enforcement, and safety professionals to create and ensure the safest possible learning environment for all youth. The non-profit organization, started by parents who lost their children in the tragedy at Sandy Hook, delivers crisis-prevention, response, and recovery programs, tools, and resources, backed by national experts, to educate all members of the school community, from students and parents, to teachers and administrators, to law enforcement and local leaders. Winner of the 2015 SBANE New England Innovation Award for nonprofits, Safe and Sound Schools continues to answer the growing needs of school communities with custom programs, assessments, and training, reaching schools in nearly every state in the country. For more information, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.
About: Report it com Inc.
Founded in 1999, Report it provides anonymous and confidential hotline/ tip line services for Public & Private k12 Schools, Colleges and Universities, Public & Private Companies, Non Profit Organizations, Hospitals, Municipalities, Federal Government and Public Utilities etc. The core mission of the Report it service is to provide a platform that enables our clients to be proactive instead of reactive through early detection for intervention and ultimately prevention.