As the school year winds to a close, San Bernardino City Unified continues encouraging students, parents, and the public to use its new See Something, Say Something Hotline to report suspicious activity, especially during the summer months.
Launched in February, the 24-hour hotline is one way to report criminal activity to District Police anonymously. This is especially important during the summer months when the majority of District schools are closed. District schools close for the summer on June 7 and students return for the new school year on August 6. The hotline is available by calling (909) 388-6043.
Students and the public play a vital role in keeping schools safe, said District Police Chief Joseph Paulino.
“We need our community to be our eyes and ears,” Paulino said. “If you see something that doesn’t seem quite right in and around our schools, please say something. If someone’s behaving oddly or making threats to student safety, please say something.”
The hotline was created in the wake of the February mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
Student safety is a shared responsibility, said Superintendent Dr. Dale Marsden, who was recognized with a national award earlier this year for his longstanding efforts to build a culture of school safety in the District.
“We’re in the business of educating students in a safe and nurturing environment,” Marsden said. “We are continually reviewing our efforts to enhance school safety, and this hotline is one more tool toward that goal.”