The tip line is currently being utilized in over 1,300 schools and districts across the United States. It offers students the ability to anonymously submit tips via text or website submission without the fear of retaliation.
According to the National Education Association, 160,000 students skip classes each day because they fear physical harm. “The majority of safety concerns in schools go unreported,”
The tip line is already in place for every school in the Salt Lake City School District, and a few of the schools have begun using it already. The district is excited to have the program fully introduced to its 25,000 students and their parents this week.
"It is extremely important to have programs that prevent violence, bullying, and drug abuse across our nation’s schools,” said McKell Withers, Superintendent of Salt Lake City School District. “We are committed to educating our kids that it is each person’s responsibility to speak up when concerns arise. With SafeToTalk’s platform we can take action to make our schools safer. We are really grateful to the SafeToTalk Foundation for its generous donation."
Parents and students are encouraged to visit the SchoolTipline website to locate a school and receive information on how to submit a tip.
The SafeToTalk Foundation is striving to help break the silence barrier between students and school faculty nationwide. The tip line allows students to anonymously report incidents of school violence or bullying. For more information on SafeToTalk, visit the website, Facebook page, or contact Kevin Santiago at 1-800-847-5104. For more information on the program in the district call Jason Olsen at (801) 578-8352.