Local news in brief for the week of July 11, 2018

REPORT IT, DON'T IGNORE IT: A new app developed by the Henderson County Public Schools allows students to report concerning behavior and safety threats directly to administrators. Image courtesy of Henderson County Public Schools
REPORT IT, DON'T IGNORE IT: A new app developed by the Henderson County Public Schools allows students to report concerning behavior and safety threats directly to administrators. Image courtesy of Henderson County Public Schools

Henderson County schools launches safety app

When students in Henderson County go back to school in August, they’ll have access to a new tool for reporting concerning behaviors or safety threats: the “Report It, Don’t Ignore It” app and online tool.

Developed for Apple and Android and available now on the district and school websites, the tool gathers information from users and sends alerts to school administrators, who can immediately alert law enforcement if necessary. Users indicate the school they’re reporting about and are prompted to provide a brief description of the incident or threat.

Users can provide additional witness information, names of people involved and whether to provide their own name. If desired, users can remain anonymous. The app and online tool allows users to upload up to three pictures or screenshots of physical or social media threats, in the “Optional Supporting Evidence” field.

“Report It, Don’t Ignore It” also provides additional help resources, including school contact information, phone numbers for the Suicide Prevention Hotline, the Henderson County Department of Social Services and non-emergency numbers for the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office and Hendersonville Police Department.

Currin to leave city of Asheville

The turnover among top local government officials continues with the announcement on July 5 of the resignation of Robin Currin, Asheville City Attorney.

Currin’s position will be vacant as of Sept. 27; she will become the City Attorney for Raleigh.

According to a press release, “The Asheville City Attorney reports directly to the City Council. The City Council will begin the search for Ms Currin’s successor as soon as practicable.”

Mercy Urgent Care offering free tick removal kits

Mercy Urgent Care is offering one free tick removal kit per family while supplies last at each of its five urgent care locations in Asheville, Weaverville and Brevard. The kits will include information regarding tick removal and tick avoidance.

Ticks are carriers for more than 16 diseases in the United States, from the persistent flu-like symptoms of Lyme disease to potentially fatal infections like Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

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