New app aimed at making NC schools safer

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A new app is helping to make North Carolina schools safer.

The new “Speak UP NC” app was created by the governor’s Task Force on Safer Schools.

The app allows students to send anonymous tips about things like weapons, drugs and bullying.

The app is currently being beta tested by schools in Avery County. Once all of the bugs are worked out, the task force hopes to have the app available to all schools in North Carolina.

The task force says it’s important that students are able to call in tips without being worried about being called a snitch. They hope it improves communication and school safety.

“The students need to understand that this may be helping somebody…who can’t speak up for themselves for whatever and that this could be something that will improve their school climate and make their schools safer, and for them and other students to be able to learn better while at the school,” said Kim Martin, executive director, Coalition for Safer Schools.

The task force also swore in several new members during their meeting Wednesday morning. Improving the app will be a focus of 2016 for the task force.

The task force says they have received calls from other states about how the application works.

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