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Safety Tipline Online Prevention” or STOP! Tipline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           
Contact: Michael A. Ford, Russell County Schools Superintendent

Date:     October 16, 2014                                                                             
Phone:  270.343.3191


Safety is our first priority. In an effort to use every able resource to STOP bullying and other risky behaviors in our schools, Russell County Schools proudly announces the implementation of the “Safety Tipline Online Prevention” or STOP! Tipline.   The STOP! Tipline is designed for use as an "online" reporting/prevention tool which is provided free by the Kentucky Center for School Safety.   If students, parents or community members know of an unsafe situation in school (bullying, weapons, drugs or alcohol, etc.), they can anonymously pass on that information to school personnel by using this basic email format.

“Our hope is that, students who fear face-to-face reporting of bullying or other safety issues may be less reluctant to share this vital information when offered an “online” option“ says Superintendent Michael Ford, “by giving students the ability to report concerns over their tablets, computers or mobile phones, we can reach more students and  address problems before they escalate."

The process for using the tip line involves locating the STOP Tipline logo on the homepage of the Russell County Schools website ( as well as the individual school websites.   Immediately, students or community members can anonymously report bullying, cyber-bullying, violence, risky behavior or other safety concerns to school personnel by using a basic email format.   Tips can be left anonymously or students may choose to have someone contact them. More information can be found about the tip line at

The announcement of the STOP! Tipline comes on the heels of Kentucky Safe School Week and it aligns with this year’s theme “Safety Teamwork Opportunity Power!;  STOP! Bullying, Violence and Risky Behavior in our Schools!

“This tip line is just another powerful tool in our arsenal against bullying, harassment and other unsafe behaviors in our schools.  Our Comprehensive Safe School Plan is ever evolving to keep our students and staff safe and we are using every resource available to do so,” says Superintendent Michael Ford. 

“I sincerely appreciate Johnna Dalton (Director of Pupil Personnel) , Jackie Grider (School Resource Officer), Lauren Coomer (School Psychologist) and Chris Bell (Chief Information Officer) for their efforts in getting the STOP! Tipline implemented for Russell County Schools and the Kentucky Center for School Safety for offering the service on behalf of Russell County Students” says Superintendent Michael Ford.                                                                             

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Russell Springs Elementary School
1554 North Hwy 127
Russell Springs, KY 42642  

Phone: (270) 866-3586 
Fax: (270) 866-7456