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OutBully app aims to stop bullying
A bullying victim himself, Jaxon Stevens used his experience to create an app for students to report bullying. KING 5's Tech Reporter Brian M. Westbrook meets the 18-year old creator of OutBully.
Brian M. Westbrook, KING , KING 7:34 AM. PDT September 15, 2016
Jaxon Stevens knows what it is like to be bullied.
As a student in junior high, he was picked on in the hallway and had many friends who were also victims.
"My car was paintballed several times," Jaxon said. "It got to the point where I had to actually switch schools because I could not deal with that anymore."
While still in high school, the 18-year-old had an idea for an app to help report bullying.
Stevens describes OutBully as a "platform" for reporting and responding to incidents of bullying in school. The app, which launched with the start of the new school year, allows students to semi-anonymously report incidents if they experience bullies.
"If you're a student and see someone being bullied and see someone who has been bullied, or you are being bullied," Stevens said, "You can go online and submit a report in less than two minutes."
The system has a method for detecting erroneous reports to prevent fraudulent use of the tool.
OutBully's team is currently working to sign up additional schools and spreading the word about the app. For more information, visit the app's website.
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