ST. LOUIS, MO – October 20, 2014 – October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and this year, administrators in the Wentzville School District have a major bullying prevention achievement to celebrate.
The district achieved a 24% drop in school bus behavior referrals less than one year after partnering with the CyberBully Hotline to create a school bus tip line program. The bus tip line makes it easy for students who ride any of the district’s 141 buses to report inappropriate behavior.
“The bus tip line acts as a deterrent to bad behavior, just as cameras in school buildings do,” said Dr. Melody Marcantonio, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services.
Dr. Marcantonio oversees Wentzville’s bullying and violence prevention programs, and she says that the tip line has helped school leaders prevent or quickly resolve many behavior issues.
Administrators received reports about bullying and cyberbullying through the bus tip line, as well as other types of inappropriate behavior. One example of other issues being reported was a case of drug possession. “This past spring, we were able to identify and discipline a student in possession of drugs thanks to a tip made through the bus tip line program,” said Dr. Marcantonio.
The tip line was provided by the CyberBully Hotline, a St. Louis based provider of anonymous bully reporting technology to K-12 schools nationwide.
Wentzville students can call or a send a text message to the bus tip line – a dedicated local hotline number – and report any issue. District leaders can respond in real time via a computer application or a mobile app to messages and have a two-way anonymous dialogue with those who have sent in tips.
The program was launched in November 2013, meaning that the bus tip line helped generate the 24% drop in bus behavior referrals in less than a year’s time.
Wentzville administrators are pleased by the results the bus tip line has generated and feel it has had a positive effect on students.
Dr. Marcantonio notes that students feel safer on the bus. And she says that it has had an effect on those students who might be tempted to engage in inappropriate behavior as well.
“It makes students think twice,” she said.
About the CyberBully Hotline
K-12 schools from coast to coast have successfully used the CyberBully Hotline to prevent bullying incidents, reduce school fighting, improve bus behavior, stop locker theft, address drug and weapons possession, and handle many other difficult student behavior issues. For more information on the CyberBully Hotline’s award-winning technology and proven system, visit www.cyberbullyhotline.com.