They have the phones anyway. Now Durham Public Schools students can use them to provide tips to school safety administrators. Text-A-Tip lets students send anonymous tips online, via smartphone, or by sending a text message to “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword DPSTIP from any mobile phone.
“In a school setting, it’s often imperative that information be conveyed to authorities quickly,” Superintendent Eric Becoats said in a release today. “And with Text-A-Tip, students will know that it is safe for them to do the right thing without ever disclosing their identity.”
Text-A-Tip allows school authorities and students to have a two-way dialogue that is completely secure and anonymous, the release says. Students should report any safety-related information, including bullying, suicide prevention, sexting, drug use or information about crimes that are being planned in the community or in schools.
More than 800 schools and law enforcement agencies throughout the country use Text-A-Tip, which allows text message providers to remain anonymous by encrypting the text messages, assigning them a unique ID, and routing them through secure servers, protecting the personal details of the information provider.