Tip reporting app, campaign promotes safety ahead of school year

The start of another school year is right around the corner and safety is on the mind of many.

School threats flooded the country following a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida last February, including 103 threats at schools in our state in just the last year, according to the Educator's School Safety Network.

Superintendent of Public Schools Mark Johnson says they're trying to crack down on that through a new anonymous tip reporting app.

Anyone in the state will now be able to report tips regarding threats or bullying anonymously to authorities.

Johnson says this is often a mental health issue, which is why they're focused on support for students for the upcoming year.

"We've been investing in mental health support so students can get the mental health they need at school, Johnson said. "We've also worked with community partners to get more mental health support to students to make sure one student's issues don't become a school tragedy."

For the first time this year, schools will also participate in the N.C. Kindness Campaign to help stop bullying and to help teachers keep discipline in their classrooms.