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Ogden District Starts Hotline for Violence Tips

Ogden District Starts Hotline for Violence Tips

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Ogden School District has started a phone hotline for anyone to leave tips about school violence.

No one has left tips since the voice mail began April 16 in English and Spanish, the same day that a gunman at Virginia Tech University killed 32 people and himself.

"The goal is to help students who may not feel comfortable telling an adult in person, and if they fear possible retaliation," said Chad Carpenter, who oversees the district's safe-school plan.

He said the district was working on the hotline before the Virginia Tech shootings, but it was prompted by other school shootings.

There is a potential for pranksters calling with fake information, "but the pros outweigh the cons as far as crank calls," Carpenter said.

The phone number is 801-737-7399.


Information from: Standard-Examiner,

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