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SPEAK UP

SPEAK UP is a national awareness and educational initiative providing students with tools to improve the safety of their schools and communities. Based on the fact that in 81% of school shootings the attackers tell other students about their plans beforehand, the SPEAK UP program empowers students to report threats of weapon-related violence.

SPEAK UP features the first-ever, national toll-free hotline for students to report threats of violence at school - 1-866-SPEAK-UP. The hotline is supported by a community-based education initiative featuring fully accredited lesson plans, educational wallet cards, posters and other materials, as well as a national awareness campaign including powerful public service announcements.

  • 1-866-SPEAK-UP Hotline
    The centerpiece of the SPEAK UP program is 1-866-SPEAK-UP, the first-and-only national hotline for students to anonymously report weapon threats 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.  The hotline is operated in accordance with a rigid protocol developed in collaboration with national education and law enforcement authorities, including the FBI.  Trained counselors, with instant access to translators for 140 languages, collect information from callers and then immediately report the threat to appropriate school and law enforcement officials. The counselors also have access to an extensive database of local, city, and state referral sources, which they can offer callers who call with issues unrelated to school violence or weapon threats.  Since its launch in 2002, the hotline has received over 30,000 calls. View the 1-866-SPEAK-UP hotline protocol