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“Sit With Us” App to Help Reduce Bullying


Sandy Hook.

There have been countless mass school shootings over the past decade, and there’s a common thread that ties them all together. Most of the shooters felt powerless, hopeless and lonely.

We can’t defend them or make excuses for them. What they did was wrong. However, it forces us to ask the question: Where do those feelings start?

For many, the issues likely began when they were kids.

Picture a young child eating in the school cafeteria. Alone.

It’s awkward. They’re embarrassed. They feel rejected.

After eating lunch by herself throughout her entire seventh grade year, one California teenager decided she never wanted anyone to feel that way again.

Natalie Hampton invented the “Sit With Us” app to reduce bullying and keep kids from never having to eat lunch alone again. By making strides to reduce bullying and feelings of social rejection, the app may even help save a life.

Here’s how “Sit With Us” works:

Students can designate themselves as “ambassadors” and invite others to join them for lunch. Users can post “open lunch” events, so anyone looking for someone to eat with knows they can join them.

There’s also a search tab that gives you access to a list of all the lunches you can join at your school without any fear of being rejected.

The app is very private, which means no one has to know you didn’t originally have anyone to sit with.

Want to know the best part? You never have to feel rejected again.

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