Madison County Sheriff, school district rolls out ‘Safe 2 Tell’ tip line for students

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- The Madison County Sheriff's Office and the county school district have teamed up to establish a tip line on which anyone can report incidents in the schools.

"Our children are our first and foremost priority," said Sheriff Blake Dorning as he announced the activation of the 'Safe 2 Tell' line at a press conference Thursday at Madison County High School.

He says the mutually beneficial partnership between the Sheriff's Office and Madison County Schools will further promote community safety.

"And also promote community policing," Dorning pointed out. "We'll be able to use social media and Facebook and kids can use their smartphones; it's a texting program."

The 'Safe 2 Tell' tip line will be monitored by sheriff's deputies, who will forward information sent in to the school resource officer at respective Madison County Schools. The program has already been piloted in Madison City Schools and at Sparkman High School with great successes.

School Superintendent Matt Massey is charged with advocating for his students. He says the program present a bit of a role reversal.

"This is about students advocating for themselves. They're taking ownership of their own education; they're taking ownership of their own schools," Massey said.

Handling issues before they become problems, students can text or anonymously email in concerns.

"At the end of the day, it's about the safety of our children," Dorning finished.

Text messages can be sent to the tip line at 256-536-TELL. You can also leave a voice message.  Or, end an email to 256TELL@madisoncounty.gov.

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