State Budget Cuts Leave Anonymous Reporting Void

Due to budgetary cuts by the Oklahoma Dept of Education (ODOE), Oklahoma schools and districts are now less prepared to receive tips and information from students regarding threats of violence, crime and other school safety concerns.

Oklahoma, like many states, recently had a state wide anonymous reporting hotline. However, a little over a month ago, the ODOE announced they would be eliminating funding for the Safe Schools Hotline which has been in service for 12 years. The Safe Schools Hotline offered an anonymous means for students, parents, faculty and others to report on suspicious matters and was answered by a staff of live agents.

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We ask...does the following quote make you more or less comfortable as a school administrator?

"Now, the department asks hotline callers to phone its customer service desk in Oklahoma City and the call will be routed to the prevention specialist who might or might not be at her desk. Leave a number and we'll get back with you. Or call 911."

The CyberBully Hotline can help schools or districts in Oklahoma and around the country fill voids like this. The CyberBully Hotline can be a direct anonymous link between your students and their schools. The CyberBully Hotline meets students where they live - on their mobile phones - and provides a simple, secure way for them to report on bullying, violence, crime, or matters such as self-harm and substance abuse.

Anonymous reporting helps solve crimes - that is a fact.

According to the FBI, people do not snap and become violent overnight. They evolve to violent behavior over time. Along the way they exhibit "leakage," which is the process of tipping their hand based on writings, drawings, actions and statements that alude to their changing behavior and mindset. Anonymous reporting can help your students play an active role in threat assesment and the safety of your schools. The CyberBully Hotline can give your school or district that protection and peace of mind.