Russellville Independent Schools add new safety feature

Bullying, we hear about it all too often in schools all around the country.

Now, Russellville Independent Schools have added a new safety feature to make sure students and staff feel safe at school.

The school district recently announced a new tip line for bullying. It’s called, ‘Safety Tipline Online Prevention’ also known as STOP.

“The Kentucky Center for School Safety, KCSS, has partnered with various school districts across the Commonwealth and we were glad to accept their offer of partnering with us so we could have an anonymous tipline that people could report any acts of bullying, violence, or any issues that might come up.” says Bart Flener, the Superintendent of Russellville Independent Schools. 

The tipline is utilized by filling out an anonymous form online. You can find the form on the Russellville Independent Schools website.

“We certainly want them to know we are going to take all those concerns and deal with them. It’s not going to be ignored when we see something come through the STOP tipline." says Flener.

A report from the Kentucky Department of Education states that there were nearly 15,000 reports of bullying and harassment during the 2016 through 2017 school year throughout the Commonwealth.

The STOP tipline is just one way the district is staying proactive.

“Obviously, in the 2017, 2018 school year with all the attention that school safety and unfortunately, the violence nationwide… it affected schools. It makes us think about anything we can do to be proactive rather than waiting to just be reactive.” adds Flener.

Flener tells, WNKY News, the tipline is now up and fully functioning for anyone in the school district who needs to use it.

You can access the tipline on the website below: