DOJ Tip Line Designed to Increase Student Safety

DOJ Tip Line Designed to Increase Student Safety
Posted on 10/07/2020
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In an effort to connect students to help when needed, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of School Safety has launched the Speak Out Speak Up (SUSO) Tip Line. SUSO is a free and confidential way to report threatening situations 24/7 so support can be provided to students when needed.  It’s designed to help prevent incidents that are threats to school safety or student well-being
The Importance of Reporting

The SUSO tip line is used to identify threats to schools but also other daily safety concerns students encounter, such as bullying, drug use, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and more.  It’s a one-stop place to turn with important concerns.  Most SUSO tips fall into one of three categories
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A classmate is being bullied or bullying someone else.
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A classmate might hurt themselves.
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A classmate might hurt others.

The tip line is aimed at preventing incidents that are threats to school safety or student well-being. However, SUSO is clear - the tip line should not be used in an emergency; 911 should always be called in an emergency.
Three Ways to Report a Tip

Students, parents, school staff, or any community members can submit a school safety concern or threat via a website, mobile phone application, or toll-free number. SUSO Resource Center staff members work around the clock to respond to tips and to deploy a response locally by communicating directly with school administrators, law enforcement, and designated student service personnel. There are three ways for users to submit a tip:  
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Online: speakup.widoj.gov/
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Download the SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT app from the Apple Store or Google Play.
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Phone: 1-800-MY-SUSO-1 (Text messages will not be received). To place Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) calls, dial 711.

“Who knows more about what’s going on, in or out of school, than students themselves?  Now, if they’re being threatened or know about a threat to a friend, their school or the community, they can SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT with a tip that can bring much-needed help,” said Director of Leadership and Learning, Deidre Roemer.