Schools introduce concern-reporting service
In an effort to encourage students to raise concerns about classmates or school safety — and in recognition of students’ possible reluctance to speak directly to adults — the Wilton Public School District has introduced a new service this year called Speak Up.
Speak Up allows students to report concerns they have about the well-being of fellow students or school safety by texting or calling 203-514-0531 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the school district’s website, Speak Up emails are monitored “at all times” by trained Gaggle safety representatives, who evaluate student-submitted tips and send emails regarding non-life-threatening items to designated school staff. If an emergency situation arises, the representatives call school officials or law enforcement.
Students are encouraged to report issues of concerns, such as:
- Bullying — experience or observed in-person or online.
- Any knowledge of a planned fight or disturbance of any kind.
- Someone threatening or bringing a weapon to school.
- If they or another student is in crisis, depressed, self-harming or thinking about suicide.
To learn more, visit wiltonps.org/i-want-to/speak-up-cybertip-hotline .