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Mentor High Students Can Text Administrators About Bullying, Bad Behavior

Students at Mentor High School can now alert school officials to bullying or problems with classmates via anonymous text messages. Basically, students send a text message that is received by school administrators via email, though administrators say there is a way to figure out who sent the message if the situation calls for it. Mentor High has had some issues with bullying in the past, including several suicides that have led to lawsuits against the district.

High School Principal Bill Wade said that although face-to-face conversations are always preferred by school officials, they understand that students are sometimes uncomfortable with that or can simply be too busy.

“We want to give kids an easy, quick way, an alternative way for them to give us information about things that are going on,” he said.

The program launched Oct. 22 and the school has received six text messages since. Off to a slow start, Wade thinks the more students learn about it, the more useful it will become.

Read more at: news-herald.com

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