OK-2-SAY school safety hotline in effect

LANSING—Michigan’s OK-2-SAY hotline, a 24-hour confidential tip line designed to help prevent school tragedies, is now operational, said Sen. Judy Emmons, sponsor of the law creating the early warning program.

“According to the U.S. Secret Service, in more than 8 of every 10 incidents of school violence, someone other than the attacker knew about the plan but didn’t report it,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “The OK-2-SAY program is about keeping students safe and saving lives by eliminating fears that silence students from reporting threats in our schools.”

Emmons’ bill, Public Act 183 of 2013, created the state program modeled on a Colorado initiative launched after the Columbine High School tragedy. That program has resolved 284 planned school attacks, 1,323 planned suicides, 2,207 bullying instances, 469 sexual offenses, and 320 weapon reports.

“I want every Michigan student and parent to know that it is ‘OK-2-SAY’ something if you hear of any threats against students or other individuals,” Emmons said. “Tips are 100 percent confidential and can be reported by phone, text message, email and on the OK-2-SAY website.”

The OK-2-SAY program accepts anonymous tips 24-hours-per-day. Students can call 1-855-OK-2-SAY (65-2-729), text a message to 652729, email ok2say@mi.gov or fill out a form at www.mi.gov/ok2say. An Android app is also available and an iPhone app is coming soon.

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Editor’s Note: A print-quality photo of Emmons detailing the OK-2-SAY tip line in 2013 is available by visiting Sen. Emmons’ website at www.SenatorJudyEmmons.com. Click Photowire under the Media Center tab.