After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, there’s a new way to stop suspicious activity before it becomes deadly.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced the launch this week of FortifyFL, a suspicious activity reporting app.
Users can submit tips anonymously online at GetFortifyFL.com, or through the app available in the Apple Store or on Google Play. Once a tip is reported, it will go directly to the appropriate law enforcement agency and school officials. The platform can be used by students of any grade level, parents, teachers, and law enforcement.
“FortifyFL will allow people to anonymously report suspicious activity in our schools in the next few weeks,” said Mike Riley, spokesperson for Charlotte County Public Schools.
“When I spoke to parents, teachers and students following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, I learned there was a gap in communication between law enforcement agencies and school officials,” Bondi said.
Bondi worked with the language included in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act to fund the development of the reporting tool. She also worked with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas to name the app and create the logo.
The students chose “FortifyFL” to emphasize the purpose of the tool, to strengthen and protect against attack.
“After Parkland, I made it my mission to ensure that when students provide information that could potentially save lives, there would be a centralized tool they could use to quickly send that information to the right authorities,” Bondi said.
The app is designed to send information to threat assessment teams, including the school resource officer assigned to individual schools, Riley said.
“Any assistance we can get in dealing with possible threats to our students and staff will be helpful,” Riley said.