It’s OK2SAY! Proos urges schools and students to use school safety initiative

Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — In the aftermath of the recent Florida school shooting, Sen. John Proos is reminding students, parents and educators about Michigan’s OK2SAY hotline, a 24-hour confidential tip line designed to help prevent school tragedies.

Proos supported legislation in 2013 to create the state program, which is operated by the Michigan attorney general’s office.

“Attorney General Bill Schuette and the OK2SAY program have done a fantastic job in helping protect Southwest Michigan students and save lives by providing students with a safe and easy way to report threatening behavior,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “OK2SAY is the state’s most effective prevention-based reporting mechanism. It received more than 6,600 tips last year and has logged nearly 12,000 tips since it launched in 2014.”

According to the U.S. Secret Service, in 81 percent of incidents of school violence, someone other than the attacker knew about the plan but didn’t report it for fear of retaliation.

OK2SAY is a confidential reporting system designed to allow Michigan students, parents, school employees, health officials and law enforcement officers to share and respond to safety threats.

Students can report tips by calling 1-8-555-OK-2-SAY (65-2-729), texting a message to 652729, emailing ok2say@mi.gov or filling out a form at www.mi.gov/ok2say. An app is also available in the app stores for iPhone and Android devices.

“I am proud that Michigan has already implemented a successful program to help Michigan students feel safe — and be safe — at school,” Proos said. “I encourage all area schools to take steps to promote OK2SAY and raise student awareness about this proactive initiative.”

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Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos will be available at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/Audio.