Following tragedy, Florida's AG heads to Flint to praise OK2Say
FLINT, Mich. - Florida's attorney general came to Flint Monday to praise a Michigan program that could have saved lives in her state.
She was greeted by Michigan's attorney general, who encouraged students to use OK 2 SAY.
When one of the worlds deadliest school massacres happened in Parkland, Florida back in February, 17 people were killed.
Florida's attorney general says she's starting a program like the one here in our state that encourages students to speak up.
Pam Bondi spoke to student's at Flint's International Academy.
She says if some Florida students had a way to anonymously speak up, they might have prevented the tragedy.
Bondi says" ...and kids think, you know, he really wouldn't do this, he may have posted a picture with a gun, he may say he'd do this. Let law enforcement worry about that".
Michigan's attorney general Bill Schuette says they've received more than 11,000 tips through OK 2 SAY.
Schuette added " don't be intimidated, all this nonsense of don't be a snitch or a rat, its about a new culture of being responsible".
Schuette says OK 2 SAY helps save lives by cautioning authorities about things like weapons, bullying and teen suicide. Genesee County's prosecutor says for the program to work it requires one key element.
David Leyton says " the kids know what other kids are up to. They're the ones who can help us in law enforcement more than anybody else in the school."
Bondi says they'll start Florida's version of OK 2 SAY in August.
Student's named it Fortity Florida.
HOW TO SUBMIT AN OK2SAY TIP:
OK2SAY encourages confidential tips on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students, school employees, and schools. Tips can be submitted through the following ways:
Call: 8-555-OK2SAY, 855-565-2729
Text: 652729 (OK2SAY)
OK2SAY Mobile App: Available for download in app stores for iPhone and Android.