SPEAK UP Hotline: 1-866-SPEAK-UP
SPEAK UP Hotline: 1-866-SPEAK-UP

“It's important for students to be empowered to take responsibility for their own safety in school.”

—Richard M. Kaplan, Superintendent of Schools

The Hotline

1-866-SPEAK-UP is the first and only national hotline for students to safely and anonymously report weapon threats in their school or community.

Trained counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are capable of providing services in over 140 languages. They handle incoming threat reports according to a protocol developed in collaboration with leading experts in law enforcement and education.

Why an anonymous hotline?

Students often know about acts of violence before they happen but don't tell anyone for fear of retaliation or being labeled a “snitch". Our goal is to remove the barriers that prevent students from sharing potentially life-saving information. A survey of middle school students found that 83% would be willing to report another student with a weapon at school if they could do so anonymously. 1-866-SPEAK-UP makes it safe and easy for students to report threats while keeping their identity secret.

What happens when a call comes in?

When a student calls 1-866-SPEAK-UP, he/she is connected with a professional counselor, who immediately reminds the caller that the call is anonymous. The counselor then asks the caller a series of questions to encourage the caller to provide as much information as possible.

What happens after the call?

Threat reports are phoned and faxed (or emailed) immediately to designated law enforcement contacts and school officials.