Queen Anne's County Maryland Anti-Bullying program, and Text 2 Stop it!, receives international attention in Germany.
Alvin Butler Sr. before the Queen Annes County Commissioners - Text 2 Stop it! Anti-Bullying program
Centreville Middle School Principal Amy Hudock was at a teacher recruiting fair in Pennsylvania last school year when she got the email. Based on information provided by an anonymous student at her school, another student was threatening to kill himself and a rapid response was needed. She quickly accessed an online database and found contact information for the student’s parents and called them immediately. The parents stepped in, the situation was diffused, and steps were taken to counsel that individual.
"since the program has been implemented, disciplinary referrals have declined and students have become more vigilant than in the past." Centreville Middle School Principal Amy Hudock
“We have a lot of students who find themselves in these difficult situations", Engel said in a recent interview. “A lot of students are crying out for help, and they do it in different ways.”
QACPS Supervisor of Student Services Brad Engel
“When you think about stopping a kid from killing himself, those pieces became infinitely more valuable than even the bullying part,” Delegate Steve Arentz Maryland House of Delegates