A 24-hour safety tip line is now available for students and others to ANONYMOUSLY report issues such as criminal activity, safety problems or bullying. Trained professionals at Ohio Homeland Security’s Threat Assessment and Prevention (TAP) unit answer calls and texts.
Calls or texts to 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) are answered by analysts in the Ohio Homeland Security’s Threat Assessment and Prevention (TAP) Unit. When action is needed, the TAP Unit immediately forwards information to local school officials, local law enforcement agencies and others, if necessary.
TAP Unit analysts always follow up quickly with the affected school and law enforcement agencies to make sure that the incident is investigated, action is taken and the outcome is tracked.
Every tip can remain anonymous. School safety analysts may ask for additional information, but the caller can remain secret or leave his or her contact information for later follow-up. The assurance that their calls or texts cannot be traced and that serious, proper action will be taken to end the threat is meant to help young people take a stand against school violence.
Research shows that in 81 percent of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone other than the attacker knew something was occurring or was about to occur but failed to report it. Typically, that’s because the person who knew something feared being a ‘snitch’ or becoming the target of the attacker or bully as well.
Bay Village Schools students and parents can also continue to use the district's Online Bullying Reporting Form which allows for anonymous or identified reports to be sent directly to the schools' principals and superintendent.