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Bully Busters: Online bully reporting

By Mike LaCrosse

AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — School administrators in the Amherst public school system have a new way to report bullying.

The town’s police department now offers an online program that allows bully incidents to be filled out online.

It’s thanks to California based software developer Coplogic.

“It’s created a efficient confidential means of communication between the police and the schools department and so far it’s been a pretty positive program,” said Amherst Police Detective David Foster.

Because of the online program police no longer have to go a school for a case of bullying to be reported.  This helps the department from stretching their resources thin.

“We have the information immediately in return they receive a receipt a hard copy of the report. The Amherst police department receives an electronic copy that’s on our hard drives forever,” said Foster.

The department reached out to Coplogic to have the program made after the Massachusetts legislature passed a law requiring all case of bullying be reported to police.

Amherst is the first community in the state to use a program like this to report bullying.