JACKSON, COUNTY, Miss. -- One Mississippi School district is hoping to protect your kids from violence by getting them to Talk About It.
The Jackson County School District’s Talk About It program is actually an anonymous tip line that your kids can text to report problems. “Weather it being with bulling, or something we as administrators need to know about, or whether it be with some personal issues that they need to talk about,” explained School District Superintendent Dr. Barry Amacker.
The program will be implemented in all the district’s middle schools and at one high school on a trial bases this spring. “And then the administrator or counselor, whoever we program in as the contact for that school, will be able to respond immediately.”
While anonymous, Amacker said there will be a mechanism in place to identify children who threaten other students or those who report that they are considering suicide. The program will cost $7,000. The district hopes to expand it to other schools in the district as early as next year.