City, Schools to Start Student Crime Line

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Laura Chick is expected to launch a campaign to fight school violence by announcing today the establishment of an anonymous tip line for students.

Students will be encouraged to call (800) 78-CRIME for an anonymous place to turn to warn officials of potential crimes.

Chick will be joined this morning at Parker Center by representatives of the Los Angeles Unified School District, WeTip--the nonprofit organization that runs the service--and the Los Angeles Police Department to launch the effort aimed at making people aware of the tip line.

"I am saddened, just as most of the nation is saddened, by recent events in our country's schools," Chick said. "I hope the hotline offered through WeTip will provide friends and family who may know of threats of violence and possession of weapons, a secure and comfortable place to turn where their information will get to the appropriate authorities."

WeTip receives and logs calls from anonymous sources and then forwards the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

The hotline has worked with more than 500 school districts nationwide, according to figures supplied by Chick's office.

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