There was an interesting article in ESPN The Magazine about how sporting events are improving now that venues have established anonymous texting lines for fans to report unruly/unsafe behavior. I'm wondering if/how this might work for a school ... It seems to take the idea of an anonymous tip line to a new level. Check out the article.

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Comment by Devin Vodicka on December 3, 2009 at 5:24pm
Looks like schools are actually starting to implement this idea ...

http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/top-news/index.cfm?i=62020
Comment by Devin Vodicka on October 26, 2009 at 10:26pm
Comment by Andrew Seibel on October 22, 2009 at 5:02pm
An ongoing issue in schools. Hotlines have been used in many schools, but in order to keep up with students and their information systems today, this idea sounds logical. Bullying and harassment are so difficult to detect on their own without being "connected" with all the social circles of a school. This task in itself would be too daunting for even an army of administration.

Do you have article information from ESPN the Magazine that I could use to read the article.
Comment by Jay Greenlinger on April 21, 2009 at 12:38pm
This is a great idea. I was at the Dodger game on Opening Day, and saw it used (not quite anonymous, I guess). Someone in the next row texted the Dodgers Hotline. A fan was shirtless, drunk, and crude, and an usher showed up within minutes of the texting. He asked the fan to quiet down, and the problem was solved. No confrontation between fans had to occur, and the problem was solved. I think that giving students (especially adolescents) the opportunity to anonymously report their concerns is helpful. My only reticence with this idea is that it encourages students to use cell phones at or during school. Cell phones have become pervasively disruptive in my school, and it is difficult to enough to control the problem already. I would be open to this if it allowed students to contact us via text before or after school, in addition to our anonymous online reporting. Funny that when I saw this used at the Dodger game, it didn't occur to me how this could be successful with students.
Comment by Deb Hamm on April 3, 2009 at 6:32am
That is an interesting idea. I would like to read more from others on this subject.

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