During the week of September 6th, I will be going into classes and training all of the middle school students on the Say Something Anonymous Reporting system. This reporting system allows students to anonymously notify adults about safety concerns. The Say Something program has been a part of Atlanta Public Schools for 5 years and our current 7th and 8th graders have been previously trained to varying degrees.
As a school family, we work with students to build relationships and support them in being upstanders. The Say Something Anonymous Reporting system is just one tool that students can use to help keep our school safe. The program teaches students to:
- Recognize the signs and signals of at-risk behaviors of individuals who may be at risk of hurting themselves or others
- Take every sign and signal seriously
- Act quickly to get help by talking to a trusted adult or report a concern anonymously through the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System’s 24/7 crisis call center, mobile app or website
The Sandy Hook Promise crisis center will triage any tips they receive and communicate that information back to APS and our school team. This anonymous reporting system provides an opportunity for students who may be afraid to speak out about something of concern, to share a tip that could prevent harm from happening to any of our students and helps keep our community safe.
More information about the program is available on their website at https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/our-programs/say-something/.
If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to myself, Mr. Sanders or Dr. Woody.
Kristin Lee, LCSW
Counselor and Social Worker