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Reds Hall of Famer Johnny Bench launches anti-bullying app

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Baseball great and Major League/Reds Hall of Famer Johnny Bench launched his new anti-bullying app Thursday.

He unveiled the "Smithfield School App" that specifically targets bullying in schools during a press conference at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse.

"There is way too much bullying going on in schools these days and cyber bullying is the number three cause of teen suicide in our country," Bench said.

The app allows students to instantly report bullying at school, cyber bullying or any other threats, including weapons brought to school. 

School officials are immediately alerted and can take proper action.

"I have school age kids and I want every child protected as much as possible," Bench said.

In addition, the app enables schools to send instant notifications to students and parents about school closures and serious incidents on campus.

The app also will have school information from academic updates to club events and sports schedules.

It's free for users but schools will pay a monthly hosting fee.

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