Boston public schools launching text-alert system to report bullying

The Boston public schools, in an effort to crack down on bullying, is launching a new system this school year in which parents and students can report instances of bullying via text message.

When students or parents send a text to 617-765-7125, the automated system will engage the tipsters in a series of questions to gather more details and then it will refer the information to an expert for further investigation.

The interactive text-messaging system is an expansion of the School Department’s hotline—617-592-23780. The hotline has garnered more than 350 calls over the last two years.

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