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Bullying affects everyone and everyone has a role to play in preventing bullying.  What's yours?  Whether you're the target, the bystander, or even the kid who picks on others, there's something you can do to put an end to bullying.
 
An anonymous report is available on the school website to report any incident you experience, whether as a witness or a victim.
 

PICKFORD PUBLIC SCHOOL BULLYING PROTOCOL

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 ok2say
Partnership with AG, MSP, State Agencies, Schools, and Law Enforcement Creates Comprehensive Safety Initiative for Michigan Kids 
 
On September 2, 2014, Michigan launched OK2SAY, a new program that enables students (and others) to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activities involving students, schools, or school employees.  OK2SAY’s focus is on early intervention and prevention, acting as an early warning system to thwart school tragedies before they occur.  Students (and others) can submit tips 24/7 by telephone, text, email, mobile app, and via a web-based form on the OK2SAY website at www.mi.gov/ok2say 

Tips can be filed on a wide range of issues, including planned school attacks, weapons at school, assault, bullying/cyberbullying, threats, gang activity, and more.

Upon receipt of a tip, specially trained OK2SAY operators at the Michigan State Police will address the immediate need and, as necessary, forward the information to the appropriate responding law enforcement agency or organization.  Most tips are expected to go to schools and local law enforcement agencies, but in some instances, tips may go to local community mental health agencies or the Michigan Department of Human Services.

According to the U.S. Secret Service, for 81% of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone other than the attacker had knowledge of the attacker’s plan, but failed to report it.  OK2SAY will discourage the persistent culture of silence among students who fear reporting threatening behavior will lead to retaliation or result in stigmatization as a “snitch.” 

Key features of OK2SAY include:

Confidential Reporting:  State law protects the confidentiality of the reporter’s identity.  The identity of the reporting party will not be disclosed to local law enforcement, school officials, or the person against whom a tip is offered, unless the reporter voluntarily chooses to disclose his or her identity.  If the reporter is a minor, the parent or guardian must also consent.  However, to address any false reports to the program, prosecutors do have authority to seek a court order to review records when investigating false reports.

Comprehensive Technology:  OK2SAY will be operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year.  The program will accept tips by phone, text message, email, mobile application, and website form, accessible at www.mi.gov/ok2say.  Multimedia attachments with additional information are encouraged.

Coordinated Intervention:  Upon receipt of a tip, specially trained OK2SAY operators at the Michigan State Police will address the immediate need and, as necessary, forward the information to the appropriate responding agency or organization.  Most tips are expected to go to schools and local law enforcement agencies, but in some instances, tips may go to local community mental health agencies or the Michigan Department of Human Services.

Accountability & Complete Disposition:  To ensure tips are acted upon, agencies receiving tips are asked to submit outcome reports to the Department of Attorney General.  An annual report on the program’s impact will detail the types and numbers of tips handled throughout the year.

OK2SAY is anticipated to log tips on a variety of issues involving student safety, including: weapons possession, bullying, substance abuse, and suicide threats. 

OK2SAY will be operated through a partnership between the Department of Attorney General, the Michigan State Police, state agencies, schools, parents, law enforcement and community leaders.  A full list of OK2SAY partners and stakeholders can be found at www.mi.gov/ok2say

How to Submit a Tip

Students, teachers, parents, school workers, friends and neighbors can all submit tips, if they are aware of a threat in school.  Tips can be submitted though the following ways:

Call:     1-8-555-OK2SAY, 1-855-565-2729
Text:    652729 (OK2SAY)
Email: ok2say@mi.gov
Web:    www.mi.gov/ok2say

OK2SAY Mobile App: Available for download in app stores for iPhone and Android.