As part of an executive order addressing school security in response to recent mass shootings, Gov. Bill Lee is asking parents to use a SafeTN App to send tips to law enforcement and seek help for mental illness.
The recent order, which also encourages hiring more school resource officers and requires school safety inspections to make sure doors are locked, is drawing mixed reviews.
Some critics have said it does not go far enough, but the governor continued to push it Monday in a post on Twitter.
"As we continue to engage with families, educators and law enforcement about school safety, I encourage parents to download SafeTN," the tweet said. "This @TNDeptofSafety resource allows you to confidentially report concerns of violence in your child's school or community."
Among other things, the app offered through the Department of Safety & Homeland Security enables people to provide tips about criminal or suspicious behavior and to seek help on issues dealing with mental health, substance abuse and bullying.