Student and Parents Frequently Asked Questions
Why make a report?
Reporting school violence or threats of violence is important! It is not snitching or tattling to report someone who is planning to hurt classmates or school staff. You may be saving lives and helping your friend or classmate get the help they need. If you hear or see something that is school violence including cyber bullying, fighting, gang activity, sexual misconduct, threats, weapons or observe something that makes you think a violent event is being planned:
- Tell your teacher, counselor, school resource officer, or principal.
- If you feel that you cannot tell someone at school, then tell your parents or a trusted adult.
- If you feel that you cannot tell an adult, Call 1-866-748-7047. You do not need to leave your name!
How does Courage2Report work?
It is safe and simple! Callers can report school violence concerns to trained, friendly dispatchers at 1-866-748-7047. The dispatcher will create a report of your concern and forward the information immediately. If you choose not to speak to a dispatcher directly, you may also use the online report form. A copy of the report is faxed or e-mailed to law enforcement and the school district official. Local law enforcement and the school district officials will determine how to most appropriately handle the situation.
Who can call Courage2Report?
Anyone can call Courage2Report. Courage2Report accepts calls from students, parents, school personnel, and concerned citizens. Calls are always FREE in the United States. You never have to give your name because calls are anonymous.
Is Courage2Report a statewide service?
Yes, Courage2Report is a reporting mechanism for the entire state of Missouri. Courage2Report will take calls concerning any public or private schools in Missouri, pre-kindergarten - 12th grade. We take reports occurring on school property, at a school event, on the school bus, at the bus stop, and on the way to and from school.
Does the caller have to give their name?
No, callers never have to leave their name and can always remain anonymous.
If I call Courage2Report, am I speaking to a real person?
Courage2Report is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you call, professional and friendly analysts answer calls and gather information to send reports. If the incident of school violence requires immediate attention, call 911.
If I call Courage2Report, what information will I be required to give?
A Courage2Report analyst will ask you to give the name or describe the person who is intending or committing harm. If you can give names, grades, and the location of the people involved, including any victims, targets, or witnesses, this is very helpful. Analysts will also need the name of the school and the city where the incident has occurred or is occurring. No one will require you to give your name.
Analysts ask questions about the incident of school violence:
What happened? When did it happen? Where did it occur? Did anyone see or hear what happened?
Analysts try to obtain as much information as possible so that a complete report can be sent to local school officials and law enforcement.
Is there any follow up? How do I know if a situation is resolved?
Courage2Report analysts follow up on each report in approximately 7 days after the original call.
Follow-up surveys will be sent to schools and law enforcement to rate their Courage2Report experience. Courage2Report is a public service, and the staff wants to provide the best possible service for students and concerned adults.