A North Texas school district will use technology to battle bullying and harassment in their schools.
The Little Elm Independent School District is among the first in North Texas to use an app called Anonymous Alerts. Students can send anonymous reports to the district when they think another student is depressed or being bullied or abused.
"A lot of times students know things that are happening, but they are afraid to come forward because they are afraid," Little Elm High School principal Renee Pentecost said. "Any time we can provide students with a tool to give us timely information that we can follow up on is important."
The app isn't just for students, though, as parents can also send messages.
"I know for a fact that my kids can be around circles where they can hear things and they can see things," parent Edgar Khan said.
District officials posted fliers around school hallways to prepare for the launch of the app this week.
NBC 5's Ben Russell contributed to this report.