WASD Adopts Safe2Say Initiative

WASD Adopts Safe2Say Initiative
Posted on 01/21/2019
This is the image for the news article titled WASD Adopts Safe2Say InitiativeBeginning in January of 2019 the Waynesboro Area School District will begin using the Safe2Say anonymous tip line.  Below is a link to an informational Power Point regarding the initiative.

Safe to Say Kick Off Power Point

Each year in schools and communities across the United States, there are millions of youth who hurt themselves or others through verbal, physical and digital means. These behaviors can cause youth to experience emotional trauma and physical injury, mental health or wellness issues, stress or anxiety, and/or feelings of being unsafe. Too often the outcome results in self-harm, suicide.

Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.  However, sharing safety concerns with a trusted adult is strongly encouraged prior to using the Safe2Say tip line.

See it.  Report it. 

1 - Report an anonymous tip.
2 - Crisis Center may ask a few questions to understand what's going on.
3 - Within seconds the right people will be notified.

Below is a link to the Safe2Say Informational Brochure

Safe2Say Brochure

The Facts:

In a majority of these acts, youth and adults are witnesses to threats, warning signs, or signals especially on social media, but do not report or intervene to help the at-risk youth.  Here are some statistics:

- Approximately, 1 million U.S. students reported being harassed, threatened or subject to other forms of cyberbullying.

- 80% of school shooters told someone of their violent plans, 59% told more than one person.

- A national study found that 37% of threats of violence, bullying, etc. were sent electronically and 38% used social media.

- 70% of people who complete suicide tell someone of their plans or give some other warning sign.

The Reasons:

There are many reasons why youth and adults do not say something when they see a warning sign or signal.  They do not:

- Understand or know how to recognize warning signs and signals of at-risk behavior

-Believe a threat to be true because "they would never say it publicly if they meant it"

-Want to be labeled, stigmatized, possibly physically threatened as a "snitch"

- Know who to tell or "believe that nothing will be done to help anyhow"

- Think they need to because someone else will say something
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