HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — As students start their second week of school in the Bay area, there is a new safety tool that they and parents may not have heard about.
- App allows students to anonymously report suspicious activity
- It's creation was part of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Act
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Florida has launched a mobile app that allows students to anonymously report suspicious activity in schools.
It's called Fortify Florida — an app developed by former Attorney General Pam Bondi's office.
School districts worked over the summer to implement the app, which is required under the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Act enacted after the February 2018 mass shootings in Parkland.
The app has an anonymous feature allowing students to notify the district about anything suspicious.
When a report is made through the app, it quickly sends notifications to school leaders, the district and law enforcement.
"The principal, the assistant principal will get a notification, will get a tip," said John Newman of the Hillsborough school district. "Any one of my officers that work for us in the Hillsborough County public school security, they will get notification of a threat or tip. And then the particular law enforcement agency (gets a notification), so if it's in the unincorporated county, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office gets the tip."
Fortify Florida will be installed on all student issued mobile devices as well as bookmarked on all school computers.
This week, an ad campaign in schools will help students understand Fortify Florida and how to use it.