Ascension Public Schools and the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office (APSO) have teamed up to launch an anti-bullying campaign.
The "Report Bullying!" campaign features an anonymous text message reporting system monitored by APSO.
"Ascension Public Schools are committed to making our campuses safe and student-friendly. That is why we are working with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office to provide our students with a safe, anonymous way to report inappropriate behavior and bullying - whenever and wherever it happens," said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander.
To report bullying, students can text 847411, type in APSO and then text their tip and hit send. The Sheriff's office monitors the reporting app and can assign a member of the juvenile division to work with the school to investigate the incident.
"Bullying is aggressive and dangerous behavior that should never be tolerated. Never! APSO has partnered with the school system to ensure a quality educational environment and safe schools for ALL students," Sheriff Jeff Wiley said.
The campaign, which was initiated by the Ascension Parish School Board (APSB) students and Safety First Committee, includes screen savers on all Ascension Public Schools computing devices, including 16,000 devices taken home by students; parking tags for high schools; ads in high school football programs and on social media; tags for every first through twelfth grade student placed on backpacks or keychains; stickers for students; and posters at schools.
The goal of the campaign is for students to have the 847411 reporting number programmed in their phones and feel comfortable reporting either via text or by talking to an adult.