Upstate students build domestic violence app


A school project underway by two Upstate students is being touted as potential life-saving.

Greenville High School Junior Marti Gathings and Sophomore Shannon Johnson are in the process of building a domestic violence smartphone app.

Gathings and Johnson started the project about three months ago as part of the World Innovations Contest underwritten by technology giants like Microsoft and Pitney Bowes.

The app has already advanced through two rounds of judging and is now up for an online vote.
Both students say the domestic violence problem in South Carolina prompted them to create the app.

“It’s really important and they’re a ton of people who suffer from it so we wanted to do something to benefit someone,” said Gathings.

“I’m very pleased,” said Johnson. “I didn’t know it was going to get this far. I’m surprised it came this far and I’m just glad it did.”

The students should find out by Tuesday whether they’ve won. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday night.

To vote for the app click here

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