New statewide hotline aims to curb school violence

Sep 23, 2014

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette unveils 'OK2SAY,' a new statewide student safety initiative. It's a 24-hour reporting system that allows people to make anonymous tips that may prevent acts of school violence. It's modeled after a successful program in Colorado.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Public school students in Michigan have been back in class for three weeks now. Some kids have been back even longer. Educators and law enforcement groups are capitalizing on the fresh school year to launch a new statewide safety initiative.  It’s called “OK2SAY.”

It’s a confidential reporting system that allows anyone to submit an anonymous tip if they suspect an act of violence is imminent.  Current State’s Kevin Lavery was at Lansing’s Eastern High School for the announcement by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who says the fear of taking a stand fuels what he calls a “culture of silence.”