School and Law Enforcement Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Courage2Report program work?

Trained Courage2Report analysts interview students and concerned citizens about school violence threats or incidents and enter the information into a centralized database. The analyst will immediately disseminate the information to the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction and the local school district. Local officials can conduct a joint investigation or handle the concern separately depending on local protocols. Some communities prefer to bring together their risk assessment team to conduct a collaborative investigation.

Do local officials follow-up with Courage2Report analysts?

Local officials are not required to call back the Courage2Report staff. A Courage2Report analyst will contact the local officials in 30 days for a follow-up survey.

How does Courage2Report help prevent school violence?

Students are empowered with an anonymous means to report school violence. Based on research from the U.S. Secret Service, in 81% of school shootings the attackers told other students about their plans beforehand. When agencies collaborate on school violence, they can identify youth at risk and assess the needs of the youth. Establishing a resource for students to report threats and school safety concerns anonymously will encourage youth to come forward with life-saving information that students may have otherwise kept to themselves.

How successful has the hotline program been in preventing school violence?

In the past, on average, the school violence hotline heard from nearly 1,000 parents, school personnel, students, relatives, neighbors, concerned citizens, or people who wished to remain anonymous each year. This allowed the SVH to alert school officials and law enforcement to make reports of:

  • Bullying
  • Assault
  • Threats
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Weapons
  • Self-harming behavior

Nationwide, anonymous reporting has proved useful to school officials and law enforcement agencies in preventing school violence.

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