Skip Navigation
Office of the Governor of Michigan, Rick SnyderMichigan.gov, Official Web Site for the State of Michigan
Michigan.gov Home
close print view

OK-2-SAY hotline intended to make schools safer

Gov. Snyder also signs bills concerning school property taxes

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

LANSING, Mich. – Students will have a 24-hour, 365-days-per-year confidential tip line to help prevent school tragedies after Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law creating the OK-2-SAY hotline.

“The OK-2-SAY hotline will give students the confidence to do the right thing without the fear of intimidation or retribution,” Snyder said. “We want a bright future for our kids and this program will help stop violent acts before they turn into tragedies.”

Senate Bill 374, sponsored by state Sen. Judy Emmons, creates the “Michigan Student Safety Act.” The Department of Attorney General in consultation with the Michigan State Police, the Michigan Department of Education, and the Michigan Department of Community Health will cooperate to establish the program.

“The OK-2-SAY student safety program will help students break the culture of silence by providing them with a confidential resource to stop tragedy and violence before it occurs,” said Attorney General Bill Schuette. “We cannot sit and wait for the next Columbine or Sandy Hook. I would like to thank Gov. Snyder for his support for this important initiative to keep schools safe.”

The program includes a hotline that will:

  • Accept tips by phone, text message, email, website and multimedia device;
  • Operate 24-hours-a-day, every day of the year; and
  • Protect the confidentiality of the reporter’s identity.

The program is modeled after a similar one in Colorado that was created after the Columbine High School shootings.

“Having an easy way for students to report trouble is important,” said Vickie Markavitch, Oakland Schools superintendent. “I’m especially pleased that the legislation addresses referrals for proper intervention and mental health services.”

SB 374 is now Public Act 183 of 2013.

A formal press conference is planned to discuss the OK-2-SAY legislation on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

The governor also signed two other bills today.

SBs 442 and 443, sponsored by state Sen. Jim Marleau, amends existing law to provide new criteria with respect to lawsuit-related judgments against school districts. They are now PAs 184 and 185.

#####

 

 

Related Content
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Expanded college dual enrollment opportunities helping students, families
 •  Governor Snyder, Mayor Duggan, Goldman Sachs Celebrate First Graduation of 10,000 Small Businesses in Detroit
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Unemployment drops to 7.4 percent as Michigan continues to move forward
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder seeks presidential disaster declaration to help residents, businesses after Southeast Michigan flooding
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder proclaims Sept. 20-27 as Michigan Trails Week
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder lowers flags to honor firefighter William Russell Wiita
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill paving the way for Michigan companies to continue growing
 •  Northern Michigan, U.P. communities impacted by deep freeze eligible for $7.5 million in aid
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Legislative action focuses on allowing Michigan companies to continue growth
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder lowers flags for Patriot Day, honors those lost on September 11
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Historic water authority deal shows leaders are working together for Michigan's comeback
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Mental Health Diversion Council progress report implements strategies to help people, communities
 •  Michigan recognized as national leader in digital government
 •  Haveman steps down as director of the Department of Community Health to focus on his health
 •  Gov. Snyder proclaims ‘Women's Equality Day' in Michigan
 •  Snyder forms advisory group to study Michigan waste disposal standards
 •  Gov. Snyder applauds Huntington Bank & Michigan Health Endowment Fund for flood donations
 •  Gov. Snyder requests joint preliminary damage assessment for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Michigan mourns the loss of Cardinal Edmund Szoka
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder urges residents to report flood property losses this week
QR code

Michigan.gov Home
PoliciesMichigan NewsMichigan.gov Survey


Copyright © 2014 State of Michigan