Recently, a new student service has been implemented among Michigan public schools called Ok 2 Say. It is an anonymous online tip line where students can report possible safety threats.
This service came about due to school shootings such as Sandy Hook and Columbine. Pioneer High School health teacher, Mrs. Baublis explained, “administrators have been searching for a legitimate avenue for students to report suspicious behavior that doesn’t feel like snitching.”
Pioneer has an established service called Pioneer Needs 2 Know which is similar to Ok 2 Say. School counselor, Mrs. Creal said, “a lot more kids use it than you’d think.The Pioneer one is better to go to for Pioneer kids.” She explained that it’s nice to see the state trying to create a more comprehensive program for all Michigan public schools.
The fundamental concept behind these services is to encourage kids to speak up and report suspicious behavior. “There’s a lot of kids that want to say stuff, but they want to do it anonymously for fear of being judged by their peers” said Creal. In the past few years she has “come in contact with more kids that are depressed or anxious than in previous years, and this service is needed now more than ever.”