An app to report potential school security issues might be available in Tennessee by the holiday season.
“The state has vendors that are submitting proposals and we think we’ll have that implemented by December,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner David Purkey recently told News 2.
He said it would likely be similar to an app currently in use in Utah, where some can anonymously “report a concern, a threat, suicide, or mental illness.”
The commissioner says messages on the app would be seen immediately by round-the-clock watch officers at the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA).
“They will be able to tap into their emergency systems coordinator system…so the threat or concern is addressed immediately,” added the commissioner.
The app was one of the key proposals of Governor Haslam’ s school security working group last spring in the wake of the Parkland, Florida mass shootings.
An anonymous way to report security concern was one of the things that really hit home for group member Ryan Williams who is also a school parent and state lawmaker.
“One of the things most shocking to us on the committee was learning that 45-percent of (students) when polled said they would not tell on their classmates–mainly because they did want to be a tattle tail–which is really bad to be honest,” said Williams during his time in the working group.