Tip line gets thumbs up

Staci Granzetto said she favors a new security measure for Michigan schools.
Krystle Wagner
Dec 27, 2013

“You want the best education, but it has to be in a safe environment,” the Grand Haven mother of two said.

Granzetto supports the recent legislation that Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law to launch the "OK-2-SAY” tip line in 2014. The 24-hour tip line allows students in Michigan to anonymously text, e-mail or call in tips about school threats.

It’s part of a cooperative effort between the Michigan State Police, the state's education and community health agencies, and the Attorney General's Office. Lawmakers have agreed to the use of about $3.5 million to run the tip line for four years, which will be monitored by the attorney general.

The program will be modeled after one created in Colorado following the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999.

While school districts have security measures in place for emergencies, local school officials said they support the tip line because of the additional safety it provides their students and staff.

Buildings in the Grand Haven district have a buzz-in system or a vestibule that directs visitors into the main office of each school building.

Safety and security measures are updated yearly based on changing laws and recommendations with law enforcement agencies, Grand Haven Superintendent Keith Konarska explained. Throughout the year, Grand Haven Area Public Schools staff and students prepare for emergency situations such as fires, tornados and building lockdowns.

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