Maryland Tip Line Sees Increase in Concerns on Campuses

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WOODLAWN, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Center for Student Safety is getting more reports of violence on school campuses through its tip line.

Very few school systems have been off-limits when it comes to incidents of violence since students returned to the classroom this fall.

”(Since September), we are seeing an uptick in tips concerning fights or assault to others or assault or an intent to harm others,” said Sandy Caldwell, a school safety analyst.

The most recent incidents of violence took place at Franklin High School in Baltimore County and Howard High School in Howard County, causing concern among police and school administrators. Both situations involved students fighting on campus.

The Maryland Center for School Safety tip line reported a more than 167% increase in tips over 2020 for weapons in schools and a 46% increase over 2019. Tips are received by phone, internet and through an app. The majority of the tips relate to bullying, assault and COVID-19, mainly concerns of students not masking or socially distancing.

Find more information about the Maryland Center for School Safety tip line here, call in a tip to 833-MD-B-SAFE (833-632-7233). 

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