In the aftermath of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School one year ago, then-Governor Rick Scott promised swift action from state lawmakers. Thus, emerged the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which puts the power of reporting suspicious activity in the palms of students’ hands.
The FortifyFL app, available for iPhone and Android devices, allows students across Florida to submit tips. The app is a joint effort from the Florida Department of Education, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Office of Attorney General.
Once a user downloads and opens the FortifyFL app, they simply select a school, describe the threat and attach a photo or video if available. The user has the option to include their name or remain anonymous.
Submitted tips are sent to local law enforcement and school officials. State-level officials also have access to tips to ensure they’re being handled adequately.
FortifyFL launched in October and is available for schools throughout Florida, including on the First Coast. A St. Johns County School District representative said they have received 17 tips through the app so far. Clay County Schools have received two tips, with one being reported as a parking issue. Both school districts told First Coast News they have been promoting the app and encouraging its use.
Duval County Public Schools has not yet responded to multiple requests for the number of tips received through the app.