Lubbock ISD lets troubled teens text for help - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock ISD lets troubled teens text for help


We are officially one week into the school year without any reported problems, but what if something were to happen?

The Lubbock Independent School District hopes to tackle everything from bullying to drug use, simply by talking about it.

In fact, the web based program is called "Talk About It." LISD high schools students learned how to use the program this week.

It's pretty simple. Students create a username, password and profile. To keep them actively using the site, LISD says they will have surveys and even polls for students to vote for the prom queen or king.

However, the program was implemented to prevent bullying. Shocking statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that one in four students are bullied. So if a student knows of someone being bullied or is a victim themselves, they can write an email or text the program to report their concern.

Students can report issues such as pregnancy, cheating and problems at home.

"Most the time if I email back and say hey I am really worried about you are you safe? They might email back, and after a few conversations they will say I will come by your office and visit with you," said LISD coordinator of leadership and professional development, Anna Jackson.

Some students say they are excited the school is moving forward with technology.

"I am able to make a difference without being 'that' guy," said Coronado High School student, Hunter Havins.

LISD says other school district that have used the program say it has prevented suicides.

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