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Is the price of safety worth the cost of surveillance? For some, it’s a heated debate. Several states are deploying apps as a school safety solution. From within the app, students report suspicious behavior displayed by classmates on social media. Colorado’s Safe2Tel is a forerunner in this technology; Texas released iWatchTX earlier this month, and Florida is soon to release FortifyFL in the fall. The purpose of these apps is to enable students to report suspicious behavior they come across online. Prior to an act of violence, a perpetrator will often post content on their social media page that indicates their preconceived motive. The Santa Fe shooter, for example, posted threatening content on his social networking page. However, some people are wondering whether reporting classmates will lead to peaceful intervention or if it will cause an atmosphere of suspicion and surveillance. What do you think of this school safety solution? Do you think having a resource for reporting suspicious activity on social media is a good thing, or is it a step too far?
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The app would enable its users to report any suspicious behavior they observe anonymously or confidentially.
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