USC School institutes a new ‘Tipline’
United South Central School is taking another step towards combatting bullying and other on-campus concerns by creating an anonymous tipline.
School Resource Officer Ryan Murphey came up with the idea during a National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) training. Murphey says the tipline was recommended as a layer of security to the school.
The SRO says he brought the idea to the school once his NASRO?training was complete, and the school administration he shared the idea with immediately began the steps of implementation. He says both students, parents, and community members are welcome to use the tipline as long as the calls made are regarding concerns in the school.
“This is a proactive approach to bullying that will give us a little more insight to student life and what our students may be dealing with when they are in the hallways with each other when we may not be there,” says Murphey.
He says most students have a hard time reporting to the SRO, teachers, or school social workers and this is an outlet students may be able to use when they see things in the school hallways they may want to report.
“It is 100 percent anonymous,” assures Murphey. “The message is received and there is a number of school professionals that receive an email regarding the call once that call has been made.”
Murphey says during his NASRO training, statistics came up in regards to on-campus shooters. He says 80 percent of people in previous on-campus school shootings knew the violent act would take place, but no one reported it.
“This tipline will hopefully help us work together to stand up to bullying,” says Murphey. “It allows our students to take ownership of what is going on; it gives them a voice. From bullying to self-harm to drug or alcohol use, anything that is happening in the school, they can let us know and we can follow through with those concerns.”
Officer Murphey has been specially trained through NASRO to know where the issue needs to be deferred to once a call is received. He says whether it is he, himself, the principals, or the school social worker, the call gets put into the right hands to deal with the topic of concern promptly and safely.
“And if you don’t want to remain anonymous or if it is a dire emergency, we are always going to encourage our students to call our local police department or dial 9-1-1,” says Murphey.
Once a call is received, the tip is automatically electronically logged and strategically categorized into what calls are received. That data is then saved, so later on, Officer Murphey and other administration at USC can see how well the tip line is being used.
But for now, it is all about safety and making sure students are not being emotionally, mentally, or physically bullied in the halls of USC.
“I am only one resource officer, and it is my job to make sure everyone is safe,” says Murphey. “This is an excellent proactive tool to help us shed some light on the bullying going on in our school.”
The tipline is available to everyone 24/7, and can be located on the USC?school website.