OK2SAY is a MAB partner; MAB member stations have been airing OK2SAY public service announcements.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has released the OK2SAY student safety program’s 2017 Annual Report.
OK2SAY is an effective prevention-based reporting mechanism tool, logging in more than 14,000 tips from students across Michigan since September 2014.
“Since the programs’ inception, I’ve been a firm believer in the power of OK2SAY,” said Schuette. “OK2SAY has done more than save lives, its stopped violence and ensured that Michigan students have a safe place to learn and grow. We have come very far since this program started, but it is apparent that students and schools continue to need the program.”
To date, OK2SAY presentations have been presented to 500k students across Michigan and has reached 230 new Michigan new schools.
OK2SAY received 4,605 tips in 2017 which is an increase of 72% compared to 2016. Tips were received in 30 categories, the top five are as follows:
1,205 tips on suicide threats
961 tips on bullying
456 tips related to “other”
390 tips on self-harm
311 tips on drugs
2017 was the most successful year yet and 2018 is already on track to beat the record numbers.
“OK2SAY continues to be a valuable, even life-saving, resource for our students and the Michigan State Police is proud to support this important program,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police. “No information or tip is ever too small to report because you never know when your tip could be the one that prevents a tragedy.”
See the report here.