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Henderson County officials turn to technology to keep students safe

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Teens and technology go hand-in-hand,{ } and now students in Henderson County can use their smart devices to help keep their schools safe. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Teens and technology go hand-in-hand, and now students in Henderson County can use their smart devices to help keep their schools safe.

"We've got to advance with the times, and now most of these kids have phones," Sgt. Stephanie Cantwell said.

Henderson County Public Schools designed and launched the app, "Report it, Don't Ignore It." It works on all smart devices, and allows students to report concerning behavior.

"We are, basically, empowering our students to do their own (reporting)," Molly McGowan Gorsuch of Henderson County Public Schools said.

Students select a grade level, find their school and choose a category that best describes the situation, like bullying or a personal crisis.

The district said those who want to remain anonymous can.

"Kids these days are afraid to say their name, that someone might retaliate against them.” Kelly Littauer said.

Alerts go straight to school administrators. If it has potential to be criminal, they contact Henderson County Sheriff's Office.

"They do see that we are a team, and I think it makes the kids feel safe to actually report," Cantwell said.

Since the school launched the app last July, nearly 640 tips have been submitted -- the majority falling under the bullying category.

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