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State Rolls Out Violence Reporting Hotline

Governor Snyder has approved a program to allow students and others to report possible threats of violence with a phone call, text message, e-mail or online communication.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta reports.

OK 2 Say is patterned after a similar program in Colorado. The purpose is to create a convenient way for teens and pre-teens to anonymously share information when they believe someone may be on the verge of violence.

Governor Snyder says FBI statistics show in most cases of violence in schools, there was someone else who knew what was about to happen.

“So this is really to provide an outlet for people to have a confidential way to communicate what they believe could be a threat,” he says.

The governor says he doesn’t believe teens or others are likely to abuse the tipline. He says a mental health report due early next year will build on the program.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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