Students Speaking Out Starts in City/County Schools

Modesto, CA – October 1, 2012 the Students Speaking Out Program will partner with school districts from Ceres, Modesto, Newman , Oakdale & Turlock as well as Stanislaus County schools to offer Students Speaking Out at middle & high school campuses.

 

Students Speaking Out is a program that provides students with an avenue to anonymously report crime on their school campuses. Students can call the Students Speaking Out hotline @ 1-866-60CRIME toll free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can also provide tips through texting @ “274637” include TIP704 at the start of their message or on the website @ www.stancrimetips.org and click on send a tip. Tips reported to Students Speaking Out will be turned over to school officials and Law Enforcement for investigation. Students can receive monetary rewards for the information that leads to an arrest or disciplinary action by the school.

 

The program is highly successful throughout the U.S. with San Diego County establishing the program in 1999. In schools that have implanted Students Speaking Out in that county 286 instances of criminal activity have been identified on campus, which includes 13 guns and action taken on 115 drug and alcohol cases.

 

Peer pressure and fear of retaliation can inhibit students from coming to teachers or schools administrators with information about criminal activity on campus. The anonymous nature of Students Speaking Out provides students a place to turn to if they are reluctant to come to school officials. If you want to find out more about the program you can visit the website @ www.stancrimetips.org and click on Students Speaking Out.

 

October is officially Anti-Bullying Month and Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers, which will oversee Students Speaking Out Program, chose this month for the kick-off. We believe students deserve a safe place to learn and fulfill their dreams. We believe with the support and participation of our school districts and Law Enforcement we can assist them in doing so through Students Speaking Out.

 

We hope parents will speak to their children about the program and thank the Law Enforcement Agency’s and School Districts behind this program for their support.

 

Carla Castro

Executive Director

Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers

209-652-0661/castrocarla@modestopd.com