GCISD has launched an additional resource for reporting bullying, violence or mistreatment of any kind. Friends for Life, a program from Crime Stoppers, is an anonymous reporting method accessible on the counselor pages of every GCISD school website.
“Student safety is a top priority in GCISD and we want to make every resource possible available to our students,” said Emberly Spillman, GCISD Director of Counseling. “This is another tool we have added to support students and to provide a safe, anonymous method in which to report any concerns.”
The campaign encourages students to make healthy decisions and ask for help when they or their friends are in need. The program focuses on behaviors and issues that can place the student and others at risk and will serve as a resource for students who want to report fellow students who are victims of bullying, cyberbullying, dating or family violence, sexual harassment or show signs of suicidal tendencies.
Once on the counselor websites, a link will direct students to the reporting website or to a phone number where they can call or text in a report. Off-duty public safety dispatchers operate the call center along with other trained personnel who take calls, texts and online submissions and disseminate the tip information to the appropriate school and district contacts for investigation. Calls are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information on Crime Stoppers and Friends for Life, click here