- John Bapst’s Cyberbully Hotline number is (207) 747-0878.
- Students or parents can send a text or voice message to this number. Caller ID is masked, ensuring the report is anonymous.
- Messages are forwarded to a school official designated to monitor reports. The official has the ability to reply to text messages and start a two-way, anonymous chat.
- Note that this is not an emergency hotline. Whenever a situation comes up involving an immediate threat to health or safety, contact 911 or use the fastest way you know of to get help. Our line is monitored by administrators with the intention of moving a situation forward within 24 to 48 hours.
Students may call or text the cyberbully hotline any time day or night, every day of the year, including weekends and vacations. After calling or texting, the caller/texter will automatically receive a text reply that their message has been received.
Use Cyberbully Hotline when you
- Are being bullied and are afraid to approach a teacher;
- Think no one will understand the situation you are in;
- Hear someone talk about any kind of potential violence;
- Know someone being harassed online or off;
- Know someone who is receiving mean or hateful text messages, emails, or images; or
- Are not sure if you should call or text – do so anyway – it’s better to reach out .
You hold the power to prevent bullying and cyberbullying.
About the Cyberbully Hotline
Maine schools have joined in an effort to eliminate bullying. To encourage students who experience bullying or harassment to report, John Bapst is implementing the Cyberbully Hotline program from SchoolReach. You may remember that SchoolReach is the method we are using for the for snow day and other cancellation communications.
Here at school, through ethics training and assemblies, we encourage students to be effective self-advocates and report bullying and harassment to a counselor, school administrator, or teacher. At the same time, we know that sometimes, people, regardless of their age, hold back. They may be afraid to make waves or worried about perception, thinking they are supposed to be able to solve their own problems. Reluctant students need a safe reporting path, and the Cyberbully Hotline is designed to be just that.
Our goal is to engage the student and begin a dialogue. Note that if the student or parent is comfortable contacting the school directly, a face-to-face conversation, phone call, or email is still a good way to communicate any serious issue. And please remember: we are here to help, but we can’t help if we don’t know. If you have any questions or require further information, contact Dean of Students Elizabeth Wood, Principal/Academic Dean Dave Armistead, or Head of School Mel MacKay.