Would a violence hotline make schools safer?
Over the summer, I attended a meeting of the school system's steering committee on safety. Mayor Dixon and Council President Rawlings-Blake dropped in for part of the session, and while they were there, committee members questioned a boy representing the Associated Student Congress of Baltimore City about why students are reluctant to give information to school police. Not surprisingly, he said they're afraid of retaliation. Rawlings-Blake asked if it would be useful to have an anonymous hotline where students, teachers and parents could give the school police tips on gang and other violent activity. He said yes.
And so, as my colleague Annie Linskey reports today, the council president has introduced a resolution to create such a hotline. Any thoughts on whether people would use it?