Diboll ISD using web-based reporting program to try and tackle bullying

DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - New technology is providing anyone dealing with bullying the ability to anonymously report the incident to Diboll school administrators with just the click of a button.

"Anonymous Alerts" makes it easy for victims to speak out about their situation without fear of retribution from their perpetrator.

The web-based reporting system has been online for just two weeks and Diboll ISD Superintendent Gary Martel says they've already received and are investigating 3 incident reports.

It's a growing concern in schools everywhere and Diboll ISD is taking a proactive approach to try and tackle bullying.

"Anonymous Alerts" allows us to have another communication tool with anyone with concerns if they feel like bullying is occurring," says Martel.

Students, parents and teachers can go to Diboll ISD Homepage, click the Anonymous Alerts button on the right-hand side. It's so simple. You just click what building you're in and you select the type of incident you would like to report everything from bullying, cheating on school work, depression, drugs or even family issues and then you scroll down to the bottom and hit submit.

"We can see what campus that particular incident occurred at and then we can investigate and in a roundabout way get to the bottom of the problem," said Martel.

Martel says they take every report seriously and hopes that this tool will give those who are scared to say something an outlet.

"Nobody in the community can help if they don't know what's going on," said Martel.

Parent of a first and eighth grader, Jana Coulter says she likes the idea that there is an anonymous reporting program.

"I think that it's good because sometimes students don't want to come home and tell that they've been bullied because of embarrassment or somebody else might pick on them," said Coulter.

And as a parent of a sixth grader who has had to deal with the issue of bullying already, Amy Mijares says she will also use program if she feels it's necessary.

"I would take advantage because I do have a daughter who is very shy and she's not very outspoken," said Mijares.

Martel says the district is using the program to be proactive with their safe schools goal and not because there are increased reports of bullying on campus.

The program is accessible online via the internet right now but that's just phase one. In the coming weeks there will be a smart phone and QR code for even easier access.

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