September 2005
Current Events;9/9/2005, Vol. 105 Issue 1, p3
This article reports on recent initiatives taken by some of the high schools across the U.S. to reward their students who tip off school administrators about kids who break the rules. Rewards vary, but at schools in Houston County, Georgia, which participates in a federally funded program called "Student CrimeStoppers," students can receive $500 for alerting officials about kids who bring firearms to school. A recent student tip led to arrests in the case of more than $30,000 worth of stolen computer equipment at Houston County High School. Bruce Marlowe, a psychology professor at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, worries tips programs could create distrust among students. Jeff Cutaio, a resource officer at Bellview Middle School in Pensacola, Florida, says that tip lines are all about safety. He encourages kids at his school to participate in the CrimeStoppers program.


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