Graffiti, vaping, sextortion, drugs: A new school app can report school safety issues

Graffiti. A broken window or compromised fence. Vaping in the bathroom. A sextortion threat. A student who talked about bringing a weapon to class.

Confronted with increasing demands to make Los Angeles Unified campuses safer, the district is promoting a new app for students, parents, staff and community members to anonymously report these and other types of concerns that fall short of emergency police response. A second app — which functions strictly to report an emergency — is available to school employees.

Reports from both apps will be sent to school police and identify the location of the sender. Officials insist the apps will provide responsiveness and simplicity, rather than adding redundancy or technological confusion. Click here to read more: