Michigan Reveals Program to Prevent School Violence

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

"According to the U.S. Secret Service, for 81% of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone other than the attacker had knowledge of the attacker's plan but failed to report it.  OK-2-SAY will discourage the persistent culture of silence among students who fear reporting threatening behavior is intrusive, will lead to retaliation or result in stigmatization for the tipster."

Attorney General's Office

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan's attorney general is backing a proposed new program aimed at preventing violence in the state's schools.

Bill Schuette announced the OK-2-SAY initiative on Tuesday alongside law enforcement, lawmakers and officials from Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's office.

The OK-2-SAY program would provide a confidential hotline for students to report tips about behaviors that could lead to violence. The hotline would be available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Schuette says students and parents could share information by phone, text message email or mobile app.

The program is being introduced as legislation is the state House and Senate.

Schuette says the program is expected to cost $3.5 million over four years. He says the money will come from settlements the state has received from various lawsuits.


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