Hotline asks students to speak up

THE BRONX - Local officials announced a new school violence hotline Monday that will encourage students to speak up in their communities.

The officials, including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, said the hotline will be piloted at 10 city schools. The program has been successfully implemented in major cities throughout the country for more than seven years.

Approximately 92 percent of confiscated weapons are found by police after receiving tips, according to a report published by the U.S. Secret Service. Six guns were found last year in city public schools, Kelly said.

The hotline number is 1-866-SPEAKUP. Students and parents are encouraged to call with tips, which will be kept confidential.

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