As we head into 2023 here are some thoughts-

There is a trend right now in American schools where administrators are buying and installing extremely expensive alarm systems in an attempt to curtail active school violence events. That is merely a reaction to a festering issue that should be addressed first, bullying. Administrators should be proactive so that acts of violence can be reduced or even stopped before tragedies occur on campus. Being proactive is the best way to stop the violence from within. Alarms systems have merit when outsiders enter a campus however the majority of school violence comes from bullied students on campus that did not get the help they needed.

Bullied students become chronically absent students that cost schools millions of dollars. High school dropout rates most frequently occur after the school Holiday break with “classroom boredom” ranked as the number one reason followed closely by number two “being bullied” as the primary causes for leaving school before graduating. A different study showed that 2 out of 10 high school students are bullied to such a degree that they won’t raise their hands to answer questions in class due to bullying and ridicule, this obviously impacts the students ability to learn and perform and even feel safe in the classroom.

No student wants to be labeled a “tattle tale” and so most victims of bullying stay silent and try to “tough it out” on their own. When students finally reach out for help the physical or psychological damage can be immense. Both students and teachers need to have the ability to safely report bullying without the perceived or real personal repercussions at school. BRIM is designed to do exactly those things: BRIM enables students and teachers with the ability to anonymously report bullying online allowing the school to take corrective actions. BRIM also provides schools with a comprehensive tool that is intuitive and user friendly to keep track of bullying incidents reported by students and staff as required by law.