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Students Speaking Out
Your child’s safety is of primary concern to our school district and we are committed to addressing the safety concerns raised by our students and school community as quickly and swiftly as possible. The goal of the Mark Twain Students Speaking Out Program will be to create an easy-to-use communication tool that our students, their families and our staff can use to let us and law enforcement know when concerns arise at our schools.
The Students Speaking Out Program empowers students to play a part in keeping their own schools and communities safe. It encourages students to tell someone when they know about dangerous and illegal activities at school and provides a way to do this without fear of reprisal or retaliation. The program allows students and others to anonymously report crime or the threat of a crime to the Crime Stoppers Tip Line. The report can be submitted by phone, by text, email or online report. The caller can also have direct communication back and forth with the Student Speaking Out tip line using the same tools.
The Students Speaking Out toll free tip-lines are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. When a tip is received it is thoroughly investigated. Disciplinary action or an arrest is only taken when an investigation validates the tip. Crime Stoppers has found that students rarely make false reports to the tip line.
When a case is reported, Crime Stoppers contacts the school or school police to take action. The student calling in the tip is eligible to receive a small monetary reward from Crime Stoppers if the information leads to a disciplinary action by the school or an arrest. Rewards are usually $25-$100, but in cases of serious felony crime, such as a gun on campus, rewards can be up to $1,000.
Peer pressure and fear of retaliation can inhibit students from coming to teachers or school administrators with information about criminal activity on campus. The anonymous nature of Students Speaking Out provides students a place to turn to if they are reluctant to come to school officials. If you want to find out more about the program, you can visit the website,www.stancrimetips.org click on Students Speaking Out.
Please join us! I believe this partnership can make a big difference in ensuring the security and safety in our school. I also ask that you encourage your child or others to use this anonymous tip line to let us know about dangerous, illegal or potentially criminal activity that may jeopardize the safety of our school .
Thank you for your commitment to the safety of our school.