Bay District Schools launches new anonymous bullying reporting tool

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - "If you see something, say something." It's a phrase followed nationwide and Bay District Schools is no exception.

In an effort to encourage students to come forward if they or someone they know is a victim of bullying, the district has launched a new website called "SAFE." It stands for "Students Accounting for Everyone."

It works as an anonymous bullying reporting tool, which will replace "FriendWatch," which is operated by an outside company.

"We were starting to have a lot of difficulties with communication with them [the outside agency] and actually with reporting, it was not working as effectively as we wanted it to. So we decided to take it in-house and I have to say that our MIS department did an outstanding job creating the site for us," Sarah Whaler, Coordinator for Student Placement Options of Bay District Schools, said.

Once a report is submitted, it goes to the appropriate school administrators. The tool can be found on the school district's homepage.

Whaler said state law requires that students have a means of anonymously reporting bullying.