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"Ok 2 Say" hotline hopes to eliminate violence in Michigan schools

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Bill Schuette
Bill Schuette

The Michigan State Police and Attorney General Bill Schuette are working to put together the "OK 2 Say" student safety hotline. Dwayne Gill with the State Police says they believe the anonymous hotline could save lives. Gill says a Secret Service report indicates that with incidents of school violence around the U.S., in 81% of those cases, someone knew something, other than the suspect. He believes if some of the kids who have knowledge of potential crimes also have the opportunity to reach out and call somebody, confidentially, to make authorities aware of impending violence in their school, they may be able to mitigate or even disrupt a situation such as what occurred at Sandy Hook in Connecticut.

Gill says they hope the program can help to eliminate the stigma of being "a snitch."  They want to narrow the scope of the program to potentially dangerous situations, though, by allowing students to call, email, or text the "OK 2 Say" program with tips.

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