School administrators at an elementary school in Texas were able to save the life of a young girl in Virginia who admitted to them that she had overdosed on pills in an attempt to commit suicide.
Here's what we know
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.
The girl told the school administrators that she was being bullied.
"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.
Thankfully, the administrators managed to figure out exactly where the girl was calling from, and alerted authorities. Waynesboro police hurried to the home and found her alone and distressed, but thankfully still alert.
"I think we all just looked at each other and it was like we could take a deep breath that we had helped this girl," Johnson told KXAS.