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MI student confidential call line sees increase

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A Michigan student safety tip line program received more than seven thousand submissions last year, according to an annual report released this week.

The program offers a confidential place to report school-related threats, violent behavior and mental health crises

Okay2Say was launched in 2014 as a confidential tip line, primarily for use by K through 12 students.

Norman Nicholas supervises the team receiving the tips. He says that in 2022 alone, his team fielded the highest number of submissions since the program's launch.

One of them involved a tip related to plans for a potential school shooting.

“I am very confident that had we not received that tip that student might have actually followed through with their plan.””

He says most tips received in 2022 were related to instances of bullying and threats of suicide.

As WKAR's Bilingual Latinx Stories Reporter, Michelle reports in both English and Spanish on stories affecting Michigan's Latinx community. Michelle is also the voice of WKAR's weekend news programs.
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