844-SaferOH – Ohio’s new school safety tip line – gives students, parents, teachers and school administrators a way to anonymously report student safety threats to school officials and law enforcement officers – whether they involve a potential incident of mass violence, a suicide threat or the bullying of a single student.
Research shows that in 81 percent of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone other than the attacker knew something but didn’t report it for fear of being identified. This is why Gov. Kasich asked Ohio’s law enforcement and education leaders to establish the confidential SaferOH tip line.
The tip line will serve your community 24 hours a day, whenever a student or concerned adult senses a threat to student safety. The call center guarantees the anonymity of the person who calls or texts. Tip line workers may ask for additional information, but the one who calls or texts may remain anonymous or leave contact information for follow-up.
Trained professionals at Ohio Homeland Security’s Threat Assessment and Prevention (TAP) unit answer all calls and texts to 844-SaferOH. When action is needed, TAP staff immediately forward information to the school staff member you designate. Local law enforcement agencies or others may be notified, if the situation warrants. Tip line staff will follow up quickly with the affected school and law enforcement agencies to make sure the incident was investigated and the outcome was tracked.