OK2SAY program prepares for 2018-2019 school year
MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- School is just around the corner and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is reminding students, parents and teachers to continue using his student safety program, OK2SAY.
Schuette said the hotline received 510 tips for the months of June and July.
The highest number of tips for July are as follows:
- Suicide Threat – 61
- Cyberbullying – 15
- Self-harm – 12
- Threats – 12
“OK2SAY works. It is as simple as that, and I continue to encourage students to submit tips,” said Schuette. “OK2SAY empowers students to speak up about school safety and knocks down barriers so a student who is struggling has a confidential place to turn before a situation turns into a tragedy.”
According to Schuette, the total number of tips since OK2SAY launched in September 2014 has reached almost 15,000.
Tips can be submitted across 30 categories, with most tips reporting bullying, suicide threats, "other" (e.g., anxiety, depression, harassment, and stress), self harm and drugs.
“We want to remind students that we are here for them. No amount of information is too small or unimportant,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police. “We encourage parents and teachers to help us spread the message about using OK2SAY. Check to make sure they’ve downloaded the app and stored the number so it is ready if needed.”
For the 2018-2019 school year, OK2SAY will have a new and improved website that offers a new streamlined look and easier viewing for Michigan residents looking to find out more about the program or schedule a presentation in their community.
To date, nearly two million Michigan citizens have attended an OK2SAY presentation.
Students in K-5th grade receive age-appropriate instruction from the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI), a national award-winning program and feeder program for OK2SAY. Students in 6th-12th grade receive dynamic OK2SAY student safety programming.
Adults can learn about our programs and how to host them by attending our Community Seminar or Program Overview. Scheduling is fast and easy on the OK2SAY website.
Schuette said there are already presentations scheduled in 162 schools in 26 counties for the upcoming school year.
To submit a tip to OK2SAY, you can either call (8-555-OK2SAY), text 652729 (OK2SAY), email OK2SAY@mi.gov or go on their website.