Michigan's school violence tip line coming in 2014
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.