County schools roll out text reporting system

A Scott High School student looks at his iPhone during an assembly launching the "Text-A-Tip" system Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (Independent Herald photo/Ben Garrett)


HUNTSVILLE — Students in each of the Scott County School System's seven schools now have the ability to anonymously report things that concern them to school and system administrators via SMS messages.

With the support of S.T.A.N.D. and the Scott County Sheriff's Department, the school system's Coordinated School Health Program is rolling out a text message system this week that allows anonymous texts to be delivered from students' mobile phones directly to principals and central office staff.

Called "Text-A-Tip," the program allows students to report suspicious or troubling behavior in the school — from the use of drugs or tobacco products to bullying.

"This is something we have been looking at and working on for a couple of years now," Scott County Director of Schools Bill Hall told the Independent Herald Wednesday. "It's something that we hope our students don't ever have to use. But if they need it, it's nice to know that we have the technology in place to allow it."

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  1. Thats seems like a good system but we need to be aware of kids who could just be mad at another kid and uses it as a get back at them system.. to bully another kid knowing it is anonymous..