As a high school student, stress and anxiety becomes part of the occupation. The strain of homework and grades overwhelms students. The pressure soon leads to poor decisions, decisions that affect some Chaparral kids everyday. Text-A-Tip was created in March 2009 to assure students that no one is alone in any situation. Phyllis Harvey, a Program Coordinator for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, has been working with the Text-A-Tip program for 25 years. “We have saved the lives of 17 students who were having thoughts of suicide that we know of,” said Harvey.

     Having a tool that can save lives in a matter of minutes is a powerful thing. According to Harvey, the top three things people texted a tip about this school year was drugs, concern about a student, and open campus complaints. Text-A-Tip is used for more than just drugs and high school objections. “If students see...bullying or threatening to hurt themselves or others, they can now tell law enforcement and school officials about it immediately and anonymously using Text-a-Tip,” said Harvey. Keeping Chaparral and our peers safe is a task that students shouldn’t take lightly. Harvey reminds us of this with an important idea: “We are grateful that students are using the program responsibly to keep their schools and fellow students safe.”

By Allie Cummings