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Putting Bullies in the Box

BullyBoxStopping bullies in schools — there’s now a new app for that.

Brandon Boynton, a 16-year-old entrepreneur and junior at Pendleton Heights High School in Madison County, created the Bully Box. It’s an app that allows students to instantly and anonymously record and send acts of bullying directly to school administration.

Boynton created the app during the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy — a yearlong class, sponsored by the Madison County Chamber and Purdue Polytechnic Institute in Anderson, for middle and high school students.

“The program has been a truly incredible experience,” Boynton says. “I had no idea when I applied that it would be a life-changing experience.”

“The academy helps develop the next generation of business professionals in our community,” says Lorri Barnett, a Purdue instructor who works with the students.

Local business leaders worked one-on-one with the students in the academy to develop their business plans, pitch them to a team of investors and present the finished product at a trade show.

Boynton already sold his app to one school district and has been talking with others about purchasing the app.

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