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North Dakota launches anonymous texting platforms for school safety, drug crimes

BISMARCK -- North Dakota officials on Monday launched a statewide anonymous texting platform designed to enhance school safety and report drug crime.

Project Stand Up For School Safety and Project Stand Up to Drug Crime are activated in every North Dakota city and county. The school safety project can be reached by texting “SAFE” to 82257 and drug crimes can be reported by texting “DRUGS” to 82257.

North Dakota is the eighth state to use the Stand Up for School Safety program. The programs, initiated by the North Dakota Sheriff's Association, allow individuals to report suspicious behavior, threats and violence in every school via text messaging.

Students, parents, and community members may use the service anytime with the promise that their information will get to authorities quickly without revealing their personal identity. Tips involving student issues like suicide, shootings, larceny, bullying, vandalism, drug crimes and even cheating can be texted at any time and from any place.

Project Stand Up is managed by a nonprofit organization that secures funding from corporations, foundations and individuals. Sanford Health is a primary corporate sponsor. Additional sponsors will be recruited in North Dakota.

Project Stand Up started in South Dakota in May 2017.

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