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Michigan's school violence tip line coming in 2014

Published On: Dec 17 2013 04:06:24 PM CST
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

Michigan students will be able to use a confidential tip line to alert authorities to potential school violence, starting next year.

Gov. Rick Snyder held a news conference Tuesday to promote the new program. The law creates a hotline accepting tips by phone, text message, email or through a website or mobile app.

The attorney general's office and other agencies will cooperate to establish the OK-2-SAY program, modeled for one Colorado created after the Columbine shootings.

Once OK-2-SAY is operational sometime next year, individuals will be able to anonymously report threats of potential harm or other criminal acts against K-12 students, school employees and buildings.

Legislators have allocated $3.5 million for operational costs over four years.

The law signed last week was sponsored by Republican Sen. Judy Emmons of Sheridan.