Northport empowers students to ‘see something, say something!’

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Northport Dean Georgia Stone trains students using the “Step Up America” plan and “See Something, Say Something!” (Photo: CONTRIBUTED BY LYNNE GRUSZKA/NORTHPORT K-8 SCHOOL)

PORT SAINT LUCIE — After recent school shootings, Northport deans are proactively training students to “see something, say something!”

Through the Step Up America — American Security Council Foundation’s Citizen Alert program, Northport administration and staff are bringing safety training to new levels.

Student empowerment is imperative.

Mrs. Matteson’s seventh period students were asked what it means to be an alert citizen.

Students responded that being aware of what is going on around them is vital.

Mrs. Stone, Northport dean, pulled up the American Security Council website and had students read about suspicious activity and how to observe it in their neighborhoods and school.

They were advised to pay attention to items that have been abandoned, strangers eliciting information, loitering, internet or social media messages and posts and more.

Students discussed what might happen if these events go unnoticed.

They learned how and what to report to local or school authorities concerning suspicious activity.

Students then viewed three short video clips from the American Security Council website called, “Take the Challenge.”

Northport 8th grade student Lily Swantic decorated cupcakes for the ‘See Something, Say Something’ event at school. (Photo: CONTRIBUTED BY LYNNE GRUZKA/NORTHPORT K-8 SCHOOL)

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