STOPit (Report Suspicious Behavior)
Barbers Hill ISD uses STOPit, an online and app-based system, to empower students, parents, teachers and others to anonymously report anything of concern to school officials - from cyber-bullying to threats of violence or self-harm.
STOPit does more than just help schools address incidents and mitigate risk. STOPit will also help us go beyond reacting to bullying and inappropriate behavior, and instead start deterring it. As young people continue to engage more with technology every day, Barbers Hill ISD is taking a proactive step to empower students to become Upstanders in our community in the way that they feel most comfortable. BHISD believes adoption of STOPit is an important step in the continued effort to provide a positive school climate and a safe learning environment for students.
How to Report Your Concern
With STOPit, users can submit anonymous reports containing text, photos, or video. Administrators are then able to manage incidents in a backend management system called STOPit ADMIN. STOPit ADMIN provides efficient and powerful investigative tools to staff, including the ability to message with the reporter, which will allow BHISD to address issues instantly. To access STOPit and make an anonymous report:
- BHISD launched an optional app version of STOPit inJanuary 2019. Users can download the app from the App Store or Google Play and use corresponding access codes for each campus. Information and access codes were sent to students at secondary campuses. Elementary parents and students may also utilize the web-based version by downloading the app from the Apple app store or the Google Play store.
- Web-based reporting via the STOPit website for each campus is available now. To make a report, visit the STOPit webpage located under Departments > Safety > STOPit (Report Suspicious Behavior).
Please keep in mind, STOPit is not an emergency response service. If you believe your call requires immediate police, fire, or paramedic response, call 9-1-1. STOPit does not provide counseling or clinical advice. If you feel you need this type of attention, please seek the assistance of a qualified clinical or medical professional.
- Is STOPit really anonymous?
- How does the STOPit mobile app work?
- What happens after a STOPit report is made?
- What student information does the school or user need to provide to STOPit?
- What information do you collect or share about my child, and what are my rights as a Parent?
- Who receives the reports my child submits via STOPit?
- Can I as a parent, teacher or community member use the app to report incidents?
- I have additional questions about STOPit. Who can I contact?
Once the STOPit mobile app is downloaded to the student’s phone, it provides them with several powerful features. The Report feature can be used to anonymously submit an incident report consisting of an image, video, and/or text to school contacts who can respond to the incident and get help to the student in need. The STOPit mobile app also allows for anonymous two-way communication between students and school administrators with STOPit Messenger.
After a report is made in STOPit, the following steps are taken:
1. The Principal or AP will contact the parents of students involved to inform them of this report, and begin the investigative process. During this process, the AP will interview all students involved in the incident.
2. When necessary, interim steps will be taken to ensure safety of the targeted student while the investigation is taking place.
3. The student who was targeted is encouraged to report any retaliation or continued mistreatment now or in the future to the AP, his/her parents, and/or the police (when necessary) immediately.
4. After the investigation is complete and a plan of action has been determined, the AP will contact the students and parents involved in the report to address the findings.
5. Appropriate consequences will be given to the student committing the bullying behavior. (Note: the AP is not allowed to share consequences with the parents of the targeted student.)
6. The targeted student will be offered strategies on dealing with bullying.
7. In order to provide extra support, the AP will inform the counselor of the incident.
8. Staff members (specials teachers, bus drivers, etc.) will be involved on a need to know basis.