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DC high schoolers start piloting student safety app

September 4, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Washington, D.C., high schoolers are piloting a student safety app that will allow them to report suspicious activity, contact law enforcement and share live commute updates.

The Washington Post reports students at Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School started piloting the app Thursday. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s administration announced plans for the app last month and said the District planned to spend about $26,000 to partner on it with LiveSafe, a Virginia-based tech company.

The newspaper notes the app is the District’s response to students’ pleas for safer commutes and that students seemed the most excited for the commute update feature.

Officials say it could take up to two more months to release the app; It still is unclear who students concerns will go to through the app.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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