The Long Beach Unified School District is officially launching the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System in grades 6 to 12 today, providing a safe and secure way for youth and adults to speak up about threats and concerning behaviors.
The Say Something Anonymous Reporting System teaches the warning signs of potential violence and provides a mobile app, website and telephone hotline for users to submit tips 24/7/365 to a dedicated National Crisis Center for analysis and response. The system is for any type of serious concerns about students who may be struggling or potentially violent. Tipsters can send reports on anything from school threats they’ve seen or overheard to personal crises including sexual harassment, self-harm, abuse, bullying and depression.
Students can submit a tip through saysomething.net directly or navigate from District and school website homepages at middle, K-8 and high schools by clicking the "Submit A Tip” icon. The free mobile app is available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Students can also submit tips through the hotline by calling 1-844-5-SAYNOW.
When credible tips are received, the National Crisis Center notifies a team of school-based representatives to act on those tips. In cases of imminent threat, the National Crisis Center contacts the local 911 dispatch and involves law enforcement. This enables school administrators and law enforcement to work together to effectively prevent shootings, suicide, bullying, self-harm and other forms of violence and victimization.
The Say Something Anonymous Reporting System is a youth violence prevention program from the national nonprofit organization Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), which provides the program and training at no cost. The system is the only anonymous system and National Crisis Center exclusively serving schools. Critical to its proven success is the Say Something training that teaches youth and adults the warning signs of potential violence and self-harm.
More than 5,000 schools and school districts nationwide are participating in the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System, protecting millions of students and educators. Locally, students in the middle grades will receive training on the system starting today, with high school students to follow later this month. Administrators and “Say Something” response teams at each school also are undergoing training.