Administrators for a school in Texas were able to save a teenage girl’s life after she admitted to taking an overdose of pills in order to commit suicide. The crazy part of the story is that the girl was in Virginia at the time.
This is where we can count technology a complete and total blessing from the Lord.
The app, STOPit, allows students to quickly report bullying. The app is designed to put students anonymously in touch with school administrators who can help them, but somehow this time it sent a young Virginia girl’s message in December to school administrators in Frisco, Texas, instead of her own school district.
“She was telling me about a situation that was happening with her and some other girls at the school and how it was making her feel,” Jess Johnson, the assistant principal at Ashley Elementary in Frisco told KXAS-TV. She also told them that she lived in Waynesboro, Virginia — 1,176 miles away, according to Google Maps.
As school administrators talked with her, the girl confessed that she had tried to kill herself and had taken pills. The administrator could tell that she started to respond more slowly.
Students who use the app are anonymous so that they can report bullying without fear, but the administrators knew that they had limited time to find out exactly where this student lived if they wanted to save her life.
“I don’t really know if you can describe that feeling. It is something that’s very surreal. The urgency to help this child that you don’t know, that you know she needs help now,” Kim Frankson, the school principal, told KXAS.
Administrators were then able to find out where the girl was calling from and alerted local authorities in her area.
Waynesboro law enforcement officers sped over to the home and found the girl alone and in distress, but still awake and alert.
This is absolutely terrifying for the girl’s parents. There’s no worse feeling in the world for someone with children than to lose one of their precious babies, no matter how old they are.
While some folks tend to view bullying with a snicker, the truth of the matter is, it’s a real thing and it can devastate a young person’s life. It’s tragic that the cruelty of mankind can drive such wonderful young people to end their lives before they’ve really had a chance to live.
Please pray for this young lady to find peace, joy, and acceptance.