NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Safe Schools Louisiana Anonymous Reporting app, a statewide program that protects more than 500 schools across the state through a free anonymous reporting platform, has reviewed overall advice content and categorization of anonymous advice for the summer and first month of the 2022 school year (Dates: June 1 – August 31). Due to the stressors imposed on children in Louisiana in recent years by pandemics, crime trends, the Uvalde school shooting, and other environmental factors, the administrative team supporting the app shares its findings benefit students, parents and teachers to provide the safest environment conducive to learning.
The administrative team behind the Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans app acknowledges that a three-month sample may not be representative of all schools in the state and should be observed with caution, as not all schools served have not been in session for a full month in 2022. The Safe Schools LA app and program is a complementary resource for school communities that offers students the opportunity to communicate anonymously about a school issue , criminal or mental health emergency.
As of August 31, 2022, tip categorization in reporting students involved the following “event type” when submitted:
32% – “Bullying”, “Cyber-bullying” or “Harassment”
18% – “Vaping”
7% – “Firearms”, “Knife” or “Shooting”
7% – “Suicide”, “Threats of suicide”
Rest – “Fight”, “Give Up”, “Drugs” or “Anger Issues”
Noting that bullying is often a correlate of suicidal thoughts among students and that the advent of social media has now made cyberbullying an often unavoidable part of the school experience, Summer and First Month Results should be considered ahead of National Suicide Prevention Week which begins September 4, 2022 and National Bullying Prevention Month which begins October 1, 2022. The Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans team encourages honest conversations with parents and student administrators about these topics.
During the 2021-2022 school year, students frequently reported instances of bullying or cyberbullying that administrators were unaware of. 16 tips involving firearms were received during this period as well as 10 tips regarding the discussion of “planned school attacks”. Non-violent counseling such as suicidal thoughts or threats were also reported and immediately addressed by pre-determined response teams in each school district.
Developed by Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education and Louisiana State Police, the app has grown from a regional to a statewide program over the past two years. Schools and districts can still sign up for deployment in the 2022-2023 school year through the SafeSchoolsLA.com website. Training and school promotion materials for using the app are also available free of charge once school or school system onboarding is complete, which can be initiated in less than 48 hours.
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STATISTICS on school violence:
- 100,000 students carry a gun to school every day
- 28% of young people who carry guns have witnessed violence at home
- Among students, homicide perpetrators were more than twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied
- More youth violence occurs on school grounds than on the way to school.
- 1/3 of students surveyed said they heard another student threaten to kill someone.
- Teachers are also assaulted, robbed and intimidated. 84 offenses per 1,000 teachers per year.
Reference: Bureau of Justice Statistics – School Crime & Safety (via NVEEE)