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Hotline allows people to make anonymous reports of potential school violence

Posted: Aug 18, 2016
Categories: KSDE
Author: Ann Bush

The School Safety Hotline is an important tool that can help ensure the safety of Kansas students.

The toll-free hotline was established by the Kansas State Department of Education in cooperation with the Kansas Highway Patrol on Aug. 1, 1999, after an incident of violence at Columbine High School in Colorado.

It gives students, parents and community members the opportunity to anonymously report any potential school violence.

Parents and school personnel should encourage students to call the hotline and report any threats, bullying or potential violence.

Research shows that schools with a positive and welcoming climate increases the likelihood that students will succeed academically. A positive school environment also keeps students from engaging in high-risk behaviors, such as violence. However, violence always is a possibility, and oftentimes students have knowledge of potential school violence before it occurs. The hotline serves as a precautionary measure that can help save lives.

KHP’s Salina Central dispatchers answer the hotline 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Between Aug. 1, 1999, and Aug. 1, 2016, more than 5,600 calls have been made to the hotline, and 1,166 of those calls were referred to law enforcement and/or school districts.

When someone calls the hotline, a dispatcher will collect as much information as possible and fill out a report. Dispatchers then notify law enforcement agencies and/or the office of the superintendent of schools depending upon the severity of the situation. Again, the calls can be made anonymously.

The Kansas School Safety Hotline number is (877) 626-8203.

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