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Michigan to have tip line to prevent school violence

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan is creating a confidential tip line for students designed to prevent school violence.

A law signed Friday by Gov. Rick Snyder authorizes the creation of a hotline accepting tips by phone, text message, email or through a website or mobile app. The state attorney general's office and other agencies will cooperate to establish the OK-2-SAY program being modeled after one Colorado created after the Columbine shootings.

Once OK-2-SAY is up and running, individuals will be able to anonymously report threats of potential harm or other criminal acts against K-12 students, school employees and buildings.

The law expires in 2017 unless renewed by legislators who have allocated $3.5 million for operational costs over four years.

The law was sponsored by Republican Sen. Judy Emmons of Sheridan.

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