In 1998, the Department of Education for the state of Georgia saw the need for Atlanta (and other cities in Georgia) to have a hot line so that citizens would be able to call and anonymously report any harmful information that could be dangerous to a school anywhere in the state.
Their motto is: “To provide a safe and secure school environment conducive to learning with the cooperation of students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and the community.”
This is a safe and efficient way to report drugs, weapons, bullying, threats and other safety issues. If you wish you can even use an outside – or pay phone – to report anything suspicious.
If it is an emergency, then by all means use the phone – any phone. But if it is something you want to detail, you can submit it in writing to:
Mr. Jeff Hodges, Education Administration Specialist (in the Atlanta office), 20 Jesse Hill Jr., Drive, SE, in Atlanta, Georgia 30334
You can go on their web site and download a copy of the poster which can be used to post or handout. It gives all the information regarding this hot line.
The state-wide toll free number is 1-877-SAY-STOP. The phones are operational 24 hours a day – seven days a week. This site is co-sponsored by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
It is the desire of all Georgians, parents, teachers, principles, and law enforcement that Georgia has “Safe and Drug-Free Schools!” But they need the help of every citizen using their eyes to see, their fingers to dial, and their voice to inform authorities of impending danger, threats, or any event that might pose a serious problem for any of Georgia’s schools.
If you see or hear anything that gives you pause, call the number and report the incident – giving the information to those who are best able and trained to handle danger, risk, or jeopardy. Better safe than sorry. But you don’t have to give your identity.
A simple phone call could divert a tragic event, get drug dealers off school property, report school employees for violations of school protocol; or mis-behavior.
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