Maryland rolls out a school safety tip system

Maryland rolls out a school safety tip system
October 08 06:03 2018 Print This Article

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently announced the launch of a statewide school safety tip system. The system will be monitored around the clock by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. The system consists of a website with an e-mail tip link, a phone app, and a toll-free hotline number.

The Maryland system will enable students, parents, faculty, school staff, and community members to send tips on school safety concerns, ranging from mental health issues, threats, bullying, drug activity, abuse, and harassment. The phone app and the hotline number allow the tips to be sent in anonymously. Many notable school shootings, including the one at Columbine High School in Jefferson County Colorado in 1999 and the Parkland, Florida high school shooting in February 2018, involved students who had exhibited numerous warning signs before they committed the acts of violence. A school safety tip system like Maryland has put in place would have allowed state and local assets to intervene with the troubled students. The state of Maryland has committed $40 million in state funding for school safety this year and has also received $3.6 million in federal school safety grants.

South Carolina has a budget provision to study school safety for the 2018-2019 fiscal year but did not allocate funding for the issue.