Story of Student Suicide Prevention

One Saturday a sixth grade student used the Bridg-it app to report a friend was threatening to commit suicide. The school leadership team received the Bridg-it report and immediately executed a coordinated response, contacted the parents who confirmed the student was in immediate danger. School officials and parents intervened to prevent what could have been a tragic result and arranged for the student to receive professional help.  Bridg-it provided a confidential, safe, documented channel of communication to the Upstander friend through which to help his friend.

Story of Student standing up to a teacher bullying her and others in her class because of their religion

In another of our schools, an eighth grade honor role students was being bullied because of her religion, she was muslim and wore a Hijab. The bully in this case was not another student, but rather a teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience. The student was visibly upset by the encounter, but told no one at school. When she went home she immediately told her mother what had transpired in school that day. The mother at first told her daughter that she should not challenge a teacher, however her brother spoke up and confirmed that this particular teacher was openly biased against muslims. The mother and the daughter then logged into the daughter's Bridg-it account and together filed a Bridg-it report based on religious bias.

Who Snitched? Story

In one of our middle schools who use Bridg-it, a dean tells the story of a student, Ryan who had gotten in trouble for bullying another student, but Ryan did not know who had reported him for bullying. So when Ryan went up to the eigth grade dean and asks who had "snitched" on him? She smiled and said, Bridg-it. This interaction demonstrates the collective power of Bridg-it, immediately changing the focus away from blaming the upstander or victim for snitching and to that of focussing on what the bully did and understanding why what they did was wrong.

Story of a parent notifying the school

In one our schools, a young lady had gotten into a fight at school with another young lady at the end of the school day. The girl who was the victim, went home and told her mother what had happened and that she was too afraid to go back to school. The parent immediately filed a Bridg-it Report. The management team at the school, received the report, assured the mother that they would intervene as the perpetrator came into the building, and also assured the victim and the victim's mother that they would make sure her daughter was safe and that the mother would not have to take a day off from work and go to the school and deal with the problem.

Story of Exclusion

In one of our primary schools using Bridg-it, a young boy of color was excluded by another group of students during recess. This would go on for weeks, until a member of the group, an unwilling participant, had enough of their behavior and unfair prohibition. This student filed a Bridg-it report based on exclusion and race. After receiving the report, the group of students were assigned to a restorative follow-up session to educate them on the importance inclusion.

Story of Substance Abuse

In one of our secondary schools using Bridg-it, a sixth grade boy was seen smoking a cigarette in the school yard. A teacher at the time had seen this student, and filed a Bridg-it report for substance abuse. Administrators of the school received the report and immediately assigned a follow-up parent conference. Through this conference, the parents of the boy had discovered that the boy had taken a cigarette from the father’s bedside drawer. The father then made sure to place the pack of cigarettes in a location inaccessible to their child, keeping him away from the harmful substance.

Story of Race and Ethnicity

A high school student displayed passion for their race and ethnicity over a Facebook post after learning about equality efforts done by a role model. Another student attending the same school saw the post and attacked the student with derogatory terms and racial epithets. This student would remove the comments shortly after posting them, believing that he wouldn’t get in trouble because they were deleted. However, a bystander had screenshotted the posts before they were deleted, and submitted them as evidence along with a Bridg-it report against the aggressor.

Story of Digital Threats

An incident occurred at a small private high school where three students sent digital threats to an openly gay student through group iMessage. Impacted by their threats, the student filed a Bridg-it report listing three unknown aggressors. Through the power of Bridg-it and unification of the small community, the aggressors were found out and given adequate discipline.

Story of Sexuality

An incident occurred where a high school girl was anonymously prank called and teased based on her sexuality. Emotionally hurt and unsure what to do, the girl filed a Bridg-it report against the anonymous aggressor in hopes that his identity would be revealed. Once received, administrators from the school took legal action to release the hidden phone number from the telephone provider. In a few days, the number was released and the identity of the aggressor was found.

Story of Verbal Harassment

Incidents occurred where an older high school student would often times cat call a younger female student at the end of the school day from a school bus. Though he later said it was always a joke, his remarks made the female student very uncomfortable. Fortunately, the bus driver caught on to his verbal harassment and submitted a Bridg-it report. The aggressor was given restorative counseling to teach him why what he did was wrong, not a joke and totally unacceptable.

Story of Theft

In a junior high school using Bridg-it, a student had his Patagonia jacket suddenly go missing. After a few days had passed, he noticed the same jacket being worn by another student. When confronting the student, the suspected thief refused to show the student the jacket to authenticate its owner. The student filed a Bridg-it report indicating that if his name was written inside the jacket it would be his. Filling the report brought this to the attention of the school administration, who then investigated the identity of the jacket. This would later ascertain the fact that it was actually stolen.

Story of At-Risk-Behavior

Two students attending a large high school engaged in a physical encounter in the cafeteria. At the end of the confrontation, one of the students threatened to harm the other with his knife, which he was rumored to bring to school. Concerned for his life and that of others, an older student submitted a Bridg-it report of at risk behavior with possession of a weapon. The next day, administration from the school searched the student’s bag to find a knife and a BB gun. The student was suspended indefinitely.