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      Schools look to prevent bullying, violence with 24/7 hotline

      G overnor Rick Snyder has signed off on a new law that will give students an anonymous way to report bullying or potential threats.

      T h e OK 2 Say legislation will allow the state to create a 24 / 7 hotline where students can report school safety issues.

      T he Attorney General's office will create a centralized hotline where students can call, email, or text tips about any safety issues they see at school.

      O nce the tips are reported , they will be sent to the school district it came from and the nearest police department so they can investigate the claim.

      " Sometimes students will be the first to know if something is just not right with classmates," Peter Moss, Boyne City Schools Superintendent said.

      M any students believe this hotline will be a big help to stop bullying in schools.

      " It's a fear kind of thing that you don't want to come forward in fear of the bully themselves ," Natalie Weaver, Petoskey High School Senior said. "S o if you take that aspect out of it with this anonymous program then I think it will be very helpful to student s."

      S tate leaders also hope it will help prevent future tragedies from happening.

      T hat's what Colorado was thinking when they created a similar program in the early 2000s after the Columbine shootings.

      " You know it's just another tool that we got in our tool belt ," Moss said. "We want to try to make our environments as safe as possible for kids ."

      G overnor Snyder says the Ok 2 Say hotline should be up and running early next year.

      It will cost $4.5 million to establish the hotline.