School district debuts bully hotline

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014

An anonymous tipline is now available for Berkeley County students, who are witnesses or are victims of criminal activity or bullying.

Berkeley County School District rolled out the hotline last week. Students, parents or community members can call 1-855-OK-SAY-IT (1-855-657-2948).

The district’s new safety officer, Tim Knight, will check the messages several times a day, according to district staff.

“We have a zero tolerance for bullying and for any criminal activity on our campuses,” Knight said. “Students do report to their student resource officer or to their teachers … but sometimes things happen to the students and they choose not to report it for different reasons … Sometimes they’re afraid of the consequences or retaliation by the suspect.”

The tipline is an answering system where tips can be left. Those calling in can choose whether or not to leave their contact information or name.

Knight said abuse of the hotline is inherent in the system and punitive action will be taken on a case-by-case basis.

“We believe more good will come out of this than any negative,” Knight said. “If kids were to make prank calls, we’ll just have to filter through those.”

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