Students in grades 6-12 have a new tool to make their communities safer. HPS launched the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SSARS), created by Sandy Hook Promise. It is the only anonymous system with a National Crisis Center line exclusively serving schools.
SSARS is designed to prevent shootings, bullying, self-harm and other forms of violence. The program offers students multiple ways to report any serious concerns about personal crises or school threats. There is a free mobile app, a website, and a phone number that connects to the National Crisis Center 24/7. When a credible, life-threatening report is received, the Crisis Center notifies school-based representatives and in some cases, contacts 911 and local law enforcement.
Additionally, the program teaches students to:
- Reach out to students showing signs of isolation or loneliness
- Recognize the signs and threats of at-risk behaviors
- Take every sign and signal seriously
- Reach out to a trusted adult for help or use the anonymous reporting tools
Sandy Hook Promise provides training on these tools at no cost to HPS students and staff. More resources for students and families are listed below.