New app allows students to report incidents on their smartphones

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – One local district is working to change the way middle and high school students report incidents to administrators.

“Because now, we all have the power to stop something,” said Senior Kori Johnson.

A new app called, Speak Up NC, is helping students in Lenoir County middle and high schools have a voice.

Johnson said, “We’ll be able to prevent suicides and prevent drug use at schools and prevent fights, and catch the people in the fight.”

Kinston High Senior Kori Johnson says the best thing, you can stay anonymous.  “You want to say something and you want to say, “hey this kid is getting bullied,” but you don’t want the bully to find out you’re telling.”

Assistant Principal Michael Moon says the app will be monitored throughout the day and his goal is to prevent from even starting.

“We want students to be able to alert us of potential issues before they become issues,” Moon said.

In addition to messages.. Students can also attach a photo or video. State Safer Schools Deputy Director, Mike Anderson, says kids always have tips they don’t often tell.

“If they have the ability and resources to tell or pass information apart from teachers, I think the school would be better off,” Anderson said.

The district isn’t requiring students to download the app on their smartphone, but may offer incentives. Johnson hopes all four thousand students put it to use.

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