Clayton County, GA
Clayton County schools will officially unveil its phone app Tuesday that will help students alert police to trouble while remaining anonymous. Clayton County Schools Police Chief Clarence Cox tells Channel 2 Action News with iWatch, police are hooked up to computers even when kids aren't allowed to have phones in school.
"It's so difficult to control we thought we'd turn it around and use it to our benefit as well," said Cox.
Through iWatch, both students and the community can report trouble through text without having to identify themselves.
"Because they may see something that they're scared to report: peer pressure, fear of reprisal. The anonymous features in the app are really the driver that opens the door between the crime that's seen and the crime that's reported, said iWatch creator Daniel Elliot.
The launch will make Clayton County the 14th school system in the country to begin using iWatch.