School officials in Linden, Michigan have set up a bullying hotline that people can anonymously report bullying to via phone or text. The Eagle Hotline was implemented for middle and high school students after senior Josh Pacheco, 17, committed suicide on November 27 of last year. His parents believe that his suicide was a direct result of bullying.
This is a great example of school officials trying to combat the disastrous effects of bullying through technology. The fact that students can report bullying anonymously via text messages encourages more reporting, as children are not as afraid of being further targeted by bullying as a result of having to personally report it. A lot of bullying is now occurring over text messages and via the internet. However, a texting hotline allows for the possibility of students who receive bullying text messages to simply forward these messages to the hotline. This would both alert authorities to the behavior and provide proof that the bullying is in fact occurring.
The Eagle Hotline has received some criticism from parents who say that it isn’t doing enough to stop bullying. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to completely eliminate this destructive practice, although things like this hotline certainly help. It shows that school officials are taking this issue seriously and are dedicated to taking concrete, effective steps towards protecting students. Text Kills applauds them for their efforts and wishes them success in ending the bullying cycle.
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