South Dakota Launches New Texting Service to Help Keep Schools Safe

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In the era of school shootings, it can be scary to send your child or grandchild to school.

Now, South Dakota is launching a new tool to help keep schools safe. Attorney General Marty Jackley announced “Stand Up for School Safety.”

It’s an anonymous texting service where anyone can text law enforcement if they see or hear something suspicious. Your text message notifies school administration and local law enforcement.

Jackley says the app could make a difference in a variety of concerning situations.

“A student’s friend says something disturbing. It may be a situation where a student’s friend, maybe has a weapon,” said Jackley.

According to US Attorney Ron Parsons, 85% of law enforcement is at the state local level. Anyone can text “safe” to 82257. Then, you can answer a few questions about your location, but you can always remain anonymous.

Stand Up for School Safety is now live, just in time for the new school year.