IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) – The Irving Independent School District will soon have a new service aimed at preventing bullying and violence on campuses.
The ‘Talk About It’ communications service will allow students to anonymously notify or seek help from school staff members about concerns, campus dangers or threats.
To appeal to students, there are various ways to communicate.
“You can not only call or email, you can also text,” Irving ISD Press Secretary Billy Rudolph explained. “A lot of the kids today like to use text as a method of communication, so they can do that and a counselor or administrator on the other end can get back to them and try to help them with their problem.”
Students can leave or send a one-time message or start a dialogue with a school leader, either way Rudolph says, “We’re gonna try and respond within 24 hours. They will text them back and let them know that we’re here to help and if they want to have further communication they can.”
Administrators hope the electronic communication system will reduce the stigma associated with seeking adult assistance with a problem and ‘no snitching’ mentality with students.
“Whether it’s bullying or they know that someone’s got drugs on the campus, or something that they just want someone to listen to them anonymously, so they don’t feel embarrassed or whatever they might feel if they divulge their name,” Rudolph said.
Administrators hope to have the program up and running by August.
The Irving ISD serves more than 34,000 students in 38 schools and learning centers.
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