Murray schools start hotline to reduce violence

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Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 6:03 am | Updated: 1:55 am, Sat Oct 18, 2014.

In continuing efforts to enhance student security and safety, as well as reduce the risk of violence in its schools, Murray County Schools officials have implemented an anonymous hotline by partnering with the Safe School Helpline service.

Anyone with concerns can now call (800) 324-4800 or text 66746 with the header “TIPS.”

The school district has been assigned these anonymous, toll-free numbers for students, teachers, staff or parents to use. Reports may also be made by email. When a report is made, designated school officials immediately receive the report so the school can take swift action to resolve the issue.

School officials specifically selected the Safe School Helpline to provide this service because it is the only school safety hotline to also provide direct access to trained crisis counselors 24/7. These counselors are expert in dealing with the critical issues of suicide or self-harming, drug or alcohol abuse, bullying, sexual harassment and other mental health stresses. When time is of the essence, potentially life-saving, professional help is immediately available to students.

School officials see this as one more tool to promote safety and security to students, parents, employees and community.

The school system has put a communications plan in place to ensure students, parents, teachers and staff are well aware of, and know how to access, the Safe School Helpline.

For additional information about the Safe School Helpline, contact a school administrator or Phenna Petty at (706) 695-4531.