More than a week after school officials found an unloaded handgun in a student’s backpack, Harrison High School has a new way for students to report safety threats.
The gun was discovered at the end of the school day on December 6. Police took the student involved to Children’s Village in Pontiac.
In a note to parents, Principal James Anderson said administrative intern Paul Cassatta has developed an anonymous reporting tool that can be activated by scanning a QR code or clicking a link on the school website.
“Ensuring a safe learning environment is our most important work,” Anderson wrote. “It is the necessary foundation for everything else that we do. I firmly believe that the strongest tools we have to ensure a safe learning environment are communication and community.”
The electronic form collects information about where an incident occurred, which students were involved, and asks for the names of potential witnesses. Reports can be made anonymously, and administrators are immediately notified when a form has been submitted.
Also, Anderson wrote, “…we want to make sure every student has an adult they trust in this building.”