On September 2, 2014, Michigan launched OK2SAY, a new program that enables students (and others) to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activities involving students, schools, or school employees. OK2SAY’s focus is on early intervention and prevention, acting as an early warning system to thwart school tragedies before they occur. Students (and others) can submit tips 24/7 by telephone, text, email, mobile app, and via a web-based form on the OK2SAY website.
Tips can be filed on a wide range of issues, including: planned school attacks, weapons at school, assault, bullying/cyberbullying, threats, gang activity, and more. Upon receipt of a tip, specially trained OK2SAY operators will address the immediate need and, as necessary, forward the information to the appropriate responding agency or organization. Most tips are expected to go to schools and local law enforcement agencies, but in some instances, tips may go to local Community Mental Health agencies and/or the Michigan Department of Human Services.