Anonymous texting program allows students, citizens to stand up for safety in schools
The Jerauld County Sheriff’s Department and the Wessington Springs School District are continuing their work together with Project Stand Up - Safe Schools, with the goal of keeping students safe at school.
Jerauld County Sheriff Jason Weber and Deputy Mike Krueger presented information about the program at a teacher in-service last week held at the Wessington Springs Elementary School.
Earlier this summer, Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the rollout of the new component of Project Stand Up - Safe Schools. This statewide anonymous texting program allows citizens to standup for school safety in their communities.
“This is another layer of protection for students,” said Sheriff Weber. “It allows students to report anonymously to law enforcement and school administrators.
Project Stand Up was first used to text anonymous drug tips to law enforcement. Now it’s expanding to cover concerns about school safety, making South Dakota the seventh state in the nation with such a program.
“As we head into a new school year, we will strive to keep schools a safe place for all,” said Jackley. “The Safe School component of Project Stand Up will assist both school officials and law enforcement to better protect our children.”
By texting the word SAFE to the Project Stand Up number, 82257, users answer prompts about the potential threat. Those messages are monitored in real time and sent to appropriate law enforcement and school administrators.
The prompts include a description of the threat, the location, and a chance to send any relevant pictures or videos.
Attorney General Marty Jackley says it makes sense to expand on an already successful program. He notes that the project is not funded by tax dollars, and it’s been possible thanks to business contributions.
Next up for Wessington Springs School District is a student roll out, scheduled for later this fall.