New school safety app comes to Bay District Schools

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay District Schools is getting another line of defense when it comes to beefing up school security.

The app called "FortifyFL" allows students to anonymously report potential threats they see or hear about at school.

It comes from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Before this app, Bay District Schools has used the "Friend Watch" tool, which is a similar concept.

Mike Jones, the Chief of Safety and Security for Bay District Schools, said the more tools students can use to alert authorities, the better.

"I think it's very important that kids have several options and this is a good one and it'll automatically alert law enforcement and we'll get the report after that," Jones said.

Jones encourages parents and guardians to talk about the tool with their children. He doesn't want students to take the app lightly.

This app is different from "School Guard," which is a tool for teachers to alert law enforcement if they see someone with a weapon on their campus.

FortifyFL is downloadable on a smart phone's app store.