By Denise Dick
Beginning this year, students can anonymously report bullying or safety concerns to the city school district.
“If there’s some activity that they believe is taking place, either of bullying or of some type of safety nature, they’re able to report those types of things to the district so we can kind of head them off,” said William Morvay, chief of security for the school district.
The number is 330-965-2865.
Karen Ingraham, district communication and outreach director, said calls that pertain to safety or security will be handled by Morvay while John Allen, district ombudsman, will address bullying reports.
Callers will hear a recording that directs them to leave information about an incident.
The line allows callers to remain anonymous, but if they want to know how a situation they report is resolved, they’ll be given a number. When they call back, they input that number to learn the outcome.
Before creation of the bullying/safety tip line, such incidents would be reported to a building principal who would investigate and call in Allen if required. Morvay said his office would get involved only if there was an allegation of criminal activity.
When a person calls the tip line, notification will be sent to Morvay, Allen, Superintendent Connie Hathorn’s office and the director of student services.
Those individuals will determine which of them should address the call, Morvay said.
“We see it as another beneficial tool to use to prevent some things that might occur,” he said.