New system targets school violence

A new software system is sweeping the Pine Belt and putting educators in the know about what students are doing.

Recent violence in schools and close calls here in the Pine Belt have forced officials to take action.  The Lamar County School Board voted in favor of adopting An-Comm, a computer program which allows students to report problems anonymously.  The program costs $5,000 per school and will be up and running within the next thirty days.

Superintendent Glenn Swan says, "The biggest thing for us is it will put us in contact with the people who know the most about what's going on in the schools in terms of the things we're trying to monitor.  It gives them a vehicle to talk to us and protect themselves."

The An-Comm program can also be used to conduct surveys in schools.

**Reported by Leif Munkel.  For questions or comments, you can email Leif at