Kansas City schools to use cellphones to boost safety

05/10/2014 5:40 PM

05/10/2014 5:40 PM

Schools fight a losing battle trying to separate kids from their cellphones. The devices are so ubiquitous that where you see kids now of almost any age, there will likely be a cellphone attached either on a call, texting or waiting for one or the other to arrive.

Kansas City Public Schools officials finally have gotten smart by enlisting cellphone use instead of fighting it. The district has developed a mobile app to try to improve safety.

School officials are asking students, families and staff to use the “MessageQube” to send text messages to alert the district’s safety and security dispatcher about problems. The “see something...say something” system combats the “no snitch” practice among many youths.

The district has had some terrible, much publicized incidents of sexual assaults of students and other crimes in schools, which the mobile app could help prevent in the future.

It’s something that the Kansas City Police Department also should think of instituting citywide to help fight crime communitywide.

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