Howard County students urged to file bullying complaints online

WASHINGTON — One area school system is taking its fight against bullying online.

The Howard County public school system is encouraging its students to report bullying  through the Sprigeo website and app. The hope is that it will encourage more students to say something before it’s too late.

Rosanne Wilson, a behavior specialist for Howard County Public Schools, says the school system began using Sprigeo, an online reporting and documentation website, this week. She believes students feel safer when given the option of reporting something anonymously. She says school leaders are interested in taking on bullying in all of its forms.

“Cyberbullying, social media, intimidation — any of those things,” she says.

Under the new system, Wilson will be notified if a report of bullying has been entered by someone. She will then alert the administration at the appropriate school.

Howard County tried using the system in 2013, but Wilson believes it was not promoted well enough. She says that when the system went online again this week, she received her first report of bullying within 24 hours.

John Aaron

John Aaron is a news anchor and reporter for WTOP. After starting his professional broadcast career as an anchor and reporter for WGET and WGTY in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he went on to spend several years in the world of sports media, working for Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network Radio, and WTOP.

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