Education officials reminding students of violence hotline

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- With school violence in the headlines again, state education officials are reminding students about an anonymous hot line where they can report potential problems.

The hot line -- 1-877-SAY-STOP -- rings through to either the state Department of Education or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Superintendent Kathy Cox said the line set up eight years ago is an extra tool to help prevent classroom attacks like the ones in Pennsylvania, Colorado and other spots during the past week.

But in the past year, the Georgia line has received only about a half-dozen calls.

Cox, a Republican who faces Democrat Denise Majette in next month's general election, said the Department of Education is reviewing safety policies and working with local schools to make sure plans are in place to deal with school attacks.

When anonymous calls come into the state's hot line, either a Department of Education employee or Georgia Bureau of Investigation officer gets the message. The school in question is immediately notified, and department staffers follow up to make sure local administrators take action.

On the Net: Georgia Department of Education, http://www.doe.k12.ga.us

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