Broward County public school students encouraged to text authorities about danger
Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 10:02 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 10:02 a.m.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Public school students in Broward County are now able to text-message authorities if there's danger on campus.
That's in response to a fatal shooting at a Fort Lauderdale high school in November.
Superintendent James Notter said he realized after the shooting that students are just as likely to send a text message as make a phone call.
So he expanded the district's "Silence Hurts" program, which urges students to tell someone if there's a weapon on campus.
The program has a 24-hour hot line and now a devoted number to send text messages to, all anonymously.
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