What is "Students Speaking Out"?
The safety of our students and staff is always our highest priority at OUSD as we create environments conducive to learning. All OUSD schools have access to the Students Speaking Out program, which provides students with an avenue to anonymously report crime or safety concerns that impact their school campuses. It's available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When a tip is made, the appropriate school official is notified and can respond accordingly.
Peer pressure and fear of retaliation can inhibit students from coming to teachers or school administrators with information about criminal activity on campus. The anonymous nature of the Students Speaking Out tip line provides students a place to turn to if they are reluctant to come to school officials.
Commonly Asked Questions
Will the school resource officer or school principal know who gave the tip? The tip line is fully anonymous and key to the program’s success.
Are false tips a concern? False reports have not been a big problem for Students Speaking Out. Every tip is first assessed by law enforcement coordinators and then investigated by school resource officers or school administrators. A reward is only paid on cases when an arrest or disciplinary action is taken.
Will students start going to Students Speaking Out instead of counselors, teachers, or principals? Most active campuses can expect 25-50 tips a year. Most students continue to talk to school officials about crime on their campuses.