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School Violence 

School violence is a form of youth violence that occurs on the way to school, at school or at a school related event. School Violence is a problem that not only affects thousands of young people each day, but also affects their families and communities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), youth violence is the intentional use of physical force or power to threaten or harm others by young people ages 10-24. It typically involves young people hurting other peers who are unrelated to them and who they may or may not know well. Youth violence can take different forms. Examples include fights, bullying, threats with weapons, and gang-related violence. A young person can be involved with youth violence as a victim, offender, or witness. 

If you are a victim of school violence, talk to an adult that you know and trust. That adult might be a parent, teacher, school counselor, or pastor. There are many schools that have a protocol for reporting violence or bullying and some allow you to do it anonymously.

You can report school violence by calling the Mississippi Department of Education Stay Safe Hotline at 866-960-6472. 

HIf there has been a crime or someone is at immediate risk of harm, call 911. 

Get police help or medical attention immediately if:

  • A weapon is involved.
  • There are threats of serious physical injury.
  • There are threats of hate-motivated violence, such as racism or homophobia.
  • There is serious bodily harm.
  • There is sexual abuse.
  • Anyone is accused of an illegal act, such as robbery or extortion—using force to get money, property, or services.

To report suspicious activity at your school, you may also contact: 1-888-472-3367  (SAFE-MS)

If you know someone is a victim of school violence in the school, contact a:

  • Trusted adult
  • Teacher
  • School counselor
  • School principal
  • School superintendent

If the school is not adequately addressing this issue based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or religion contact:

  • School superintendent or School Board  
  • Mississippi Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 911.

Mississippi Department of Education Stay Safe Hotline:  
866-960-6472

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