LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today reminds Michigan students about the OK2SAY program. OK2SAY is the student safety program that enables students to confidentially report anything that they feel threatens their safety or the safety of others. Tips can be submitted using email, mobile app, telephone, text message, or the OK2SAY website.
In the majority of violent school incidents, someone knew about the threat before it was carried out, but they failed to report it. Often, students choose to keep quiet because they fear retaliation, rejection, or stigmatization by their peers. The result is a culture of silence in which students suffer harm that could have been prevented if another had chosen to speak out. OK2SAY empowers students to break the code of silence.
In January, OK2SAY received 495 tips, which puts the total number of tips since its September 2014 launch at 11,229. Tips are submitted across 30 categories, with most tips reporting suicide threats, bullying, assault, self-harm, and drugs.
HOW TO SUBMIT A TIP
Students, teachers, parents, school officials, friends and neighbors can all submit tips, if they are aware of a threat. Tips can be submitted though the following ways:
Call: 8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729)
Text: 652729 (OK2SAY)