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New tool lets Saratoga Springs students anonymously report threats

October 03, 2019 07:34 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs City School District is using a new program to help students report bullying, threats of violence or classmates who may harm themselves.

The Safe School Helpline went online this week and students are already using it.

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The district has partnered with a nationwide company to allow students to anonymously report bullying, threats or suicidal concerns.

The reports can be made through a toll-free number, an email through the website or a text message to an app.

Reports are fielded 24/7, and sent directly to the school. Then, they can go about trying to address the situation.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, more than seven percent of high school students across the country reported attempting suicide at least once within the last year.

Hear more from Assistant Superintendent Dave L'Hommedieu, District Psychologist Laurie Newcomer, and Superintendent Dr. Mike Patton about how this tool will help the school community, by watching the video of Mark Mulholland’s story.

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Mark Mulholland & WNYT Staff

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