Departments of Education and Public Safety Provide Resource to Help Protect Students
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new safety resource is available to Ohio Schools that could prevent and alert local law enforcement to a school safety crisis. This resource – an anonymous tip line – is available free of charge to every school district and school in Ohio beginning today.
At the request of Gov. John Kasich, the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety are launching the SaferOH tip line that will accept both calls and texts 24 hours a day for schools that register for the service.
This tip line will allow students and adults to anonymously share information with school o!cials and law enforcement about threats to student safety—whether that involves a threatened mass incident or harm to a single student.
“The safety of our boys and girls remains the top priority of our schools,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard A. Ross. “The SaferOH tip line provides another resource for schools and school districts in their continuing e"orts to provide a safe and secure educational environment.”
Research shows that in 81 percent of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone other than the attacker knew something was occurring or was about to occur but failed to report it. Typically, that’s because the person who knew something feared being a ‘snitch’ or becoming the target of the attacker or bully as well.
Every tip can remain anonymous. School safety analysts may ask for additional information, but the caller can remain secret or leave his or her contact information for later follow-up.
“Nothing is more important than keeping our children safe,” said John Born, director of the Department of Public Safety. “This tip line is another tool, to #ll the gap in areas where no line exists, that will allow children, parents and teachers to contribute to the safety of their schools.”