Educators at Ashley Elementary were honored Monday by the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees and representatives from STOPit, the company FISD uses to provide online anonymous reporting for bullying and other school safety concerns.
Principal Kim Frankson, Assistant Principal Jess Johnson and Counselor Laurie Ortel were presented with the Helping Hands Life Saver Award, the first time STOPit has ever handed out the award.
The three educators were involved in assisting a suicidal student from Virginia using the STOPit mobile app. During the course of their conversation, the girl admitted to taking pills while home alone. Read more here.
“Without the quick action of the administrators in Frisco, our student would not have received the immediate mental health evaluation and treatment she required,” said Dr. Ryan Barber, director of student services in Waynesboro (Virginia) City Public Schools. “I am certain the outcome would have been different if it hadn't been for the STOPit app and the administrators in Frisco. Our school division remains tremendously thankful for everyone who intervened on behalf of our student in crisis."
STOPit President Parkhill Mays and Founder Todd Schobel traveled from New Jersey to personally present the awards in Frisco.
“We could not be more thrilled to give the Helping Hands Life Saver Award to the educators of Ashley Elementary,” Mays said. “They went above and beyond to ensure student safety and we feel honored that our tools and the team from STOPit Solutions helped them do just that.”
Also on hand for the recognition was Maurine Molak, mother of David Molak, the San Antonio teenager whose suicide inspired the 2017 Texas anti-bullying law known as David’s Law.
“This is the good that comes out of a tragedy and I just want to thank you so much for what you did,” Molak told the Ashley educators.
In 2018, Texas Governor Greg Abbott featured Frisco ISD’s use of the STOPit mobile app in a report detailing efforts to enhance school safety across the state.