Reynoldsburg City Schools has a new school safety tip line that is anonymous and available 24 hours a day to alert local law enforcement about potential crisis situations.
The Ohio Safer Schools Tip Line - 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) – provides students, teachers, parents and school administrators a valuable resource to report potential threats of violence, suicide or bullying of a student. Trained professionals at Ohio Homeland Security’s Threat Assessment and Prevention (TAP) Unit answer all calls and texts to 844-SaferOH. The analysts at the TAP Unit may ask for additional information, but the caller can remain anonymous or leave contact information for follow-up questions. When action is necessary, the analysts immediately contact local school officials and law enforcement agencies to ensure the incident is investigated and track the outcome.
Research shows that in 81 percent of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone other than the attacker had information that may have prevented the incident, but didn’t report it for fear of being identified. The assurance that calls or texts cannot be traced and that action will be taken to end the threat is helping to persuade young people to take a stand against school violence.
Each school has posters and cards available with the tip line number in the principal’s office.
The SaferOH tip line was launched in December 2014 by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety. This free service is available to any public or private school in Ohio.