Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Crisis Averted Due to Diligent Safety Reporting

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Crisis Response, Operations, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Reporting safety concerns, whether it’s a suspicious conversation or a rumor spread on social media, is a crucial step in an effective crisis prevention program. Thankfully this southern Utah high school and its students understand the power of fast reporting.

Recently, The Spectrum & Daily News reported one of its students was “arrested for manufacturing, possessing, and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.” A fellow student noticed a backpack that appeared to be smoking in one of the campus’ common areas. The student reported the suspicious backpack to a teacher and the SRO on duty. Members of the FBI, Washington County Bomb Squad, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County School District, and a bomb-detecting K-9 all responded to the report at the school. The school was evacuated while officials investigated the contents of the backpack, which they determined had the potential to cause significant harm and then disarmed the device.

If your district does not have an electronic safety reporting system in place, contact us today to learn how the PublicSchoolWORKS Student Safety Reporting System can provide your staff and students with an effective reporting solution.

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