Schuette announces OK2SAY received 737 tips in October

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Wednesday released the October OK2SAY tip numbers. October was the second busiest month in the program’s history.

Top tip categories include:
Suicide Threats — 170
Bullying – 135
Drugs — 95
Other (e.g., anxiety, stress, depression, harassment) — 56
Self-harm — 49

“Each month when we see the tip numbers, and what kind of tips are being reported, it solidifies the reason I created this program,” said Schuette. “No one likes to see tips increase in this category, but that is 170 times someone stepped up for a student to keep them safe and get them help.  That is why we have OK2SAY.”

The attorney general offers free Student Safety programming for K-12th grade students, parents, guardians, and community leaders. To date, more than two million Michigan students have attended a presentation.

Students in K-5th grade receive age-appropriate instruction from the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI), a national award-winning program and feeder program for OK2SAY. Students in 6th-12th grade receive dynamic OK2SAY student safety programming.

Adults can learn about programs and how to host them by attending a community seminar or program overview. Scheduling is fast and easy on the OK2SAY website, www.michigan.gov/ok2say.

Schuette is urging Michigan principals to fill out or update the online OK2SAY School Contact Form.  When specific individuals are designated for OK2SAY technicians to follow up with regarding tip information, this helps save time and lives.

Students, teachers, parents, school officials, friends, and neighbors can submit tips though any of the following ways:

• Call:   8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729).
• Text: 652729 (OK2SAY).
• Email: OK2SAY@mi.gov.
• Web: ok2say.com.
• OK2SAY Mobile App: Available for download in app stores for iPhone and Android.

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