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New texting program aimed to prevent school tragedies

(Toledo News Now) -

It's a tip line called "Ok-2-Say", students in Michigan schools would be able to call, text, even send pictures or videos about potential threats at school.

The program is completely anonymous, and the attorney general says the goal is to prevent school tragedies. He's hoping students would use it to report things like bullying, weapon possession and threats.

Other states have similar programs in place already. The attorney general says one in Colorado has been so successful, 28 planned school attacks have been reported and resolved because of the tip line. 
Parents think it's a great idea.

"Some of the kids could use a little more push to keep them from keeping it in," said Michigan parent Wendy Elarton."You know there's times where kids could feel threatened by issued that they didn't feel like they could share"
The Michigan state police would field the tips. They're still in the process of figuring out exactly how much it would cost to upgrade their current phone hotline to this new multi-media system. 

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