A teen who saved friend from suicide by reporting the friend’s expressed intention of killing himself has responded to her own experiences with bullying and her friend’s despondency by creating a text-based anti-bullying program for her school district to use:
Students Against Being Bullied will incorporate two designated texting systems: The first will be a report line, where administrative heads will be alerted of inappropriate behavior by victims or bystanders. The students’ names will remain confidential unless the situation is life-threatening.
The second is a support line, where counselors will be available to provide resources to benefit the students. The two help lines are strictly for text messaging between the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. An e-mail system will also be in place for non-urgent reports or questions outside the texting hours. Read more…
Her program incorporates not only the victims of bullying but also the behavior of bystanders, who, research has shown, can experience negative effects of witnessing bullying.