2 High Schools Join Junior Crime Stoppers Program!

2 High Schools Join Junior Crime Stoppers Program!
Posted by FoM on January 31, 1999 at 07:03:35 PT

Waterford A junior Crime Stoppers program that has been working well in Racine Unified Schools has been expanded to include Waterford and Union Grove High Schools. The "Quick Tip" program pays up to $100 to students who anonymously turn in their classmates for weapons and drug-related violations. 
At the request of school administrators and the Sheriff's Department, Racine County Crime Stoppers Inc., began publicizing the program in schools west of I-94 last fall, officials said. "It's just one more way to help secure schools today," Union Grove High School Principal Alan Mollerskov said. Although Mollerskov's school has yet to receive a tip, information from a student at Waterford High School led to the recovery of drug paraphernalia and the arrest of a student, according to Waterford School Administrator Keith Brandstetter. The tipster received a $50 reward. "They're not afraid to turn in a kid if they can get $50 and remain anonymous," Brandstetter said. The program began three years ago in Racine Unified's High Schools and Middle Schools. Students can dial 636-9330, to anonymously report drugs or weapons in or around a school building. In 1997, 25 tips were received, leading to 19 arrests, according to Crime Stoppers' statistics. For the first half of 1998, eight tips were phoned in and 11 students arrested. One Horlick High School student phoned in three tips that led to arrests and payouts, Horlick Assistant Principal Larry Jones said. "He was more than willing to turn in his fellow classmates for the money," Jones said. The program also has a deterrent effect, school administrators say. "Students know that other students are watching," Jones said. The rewards range from $100 for information on the possession of firearms to $50 in cases involving other dangerous weapons, drugs or drug paraphernalia. The main difference between the school "Quick Tip" program and the Crime Stoppers' hotline for adults is in the length of time it takes to issue the cash rewards. When establishing the youth version three years ago, board members felt students who phoned in tips and had to wait for their money would become disenchanted. So law enforcement personnel and school administrators have the authority to make payouts to students within hours after receiving information that pans out. By David Cole
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on February 01, 1999 at 09:22:45 PT
We will suffer!
What giving money to kids for turning on a friend is teaching those children that success comes only in life from the destruction of your neighbor! They wonder why these young children kill! They are breeding hate and they blame drugs and it makes me so angry!
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Comment #1 posted by UaN on January 31, 1999 at 17:34:42 PT:
Breeding Snitches
My opinion on this is, I hope to be watching when the kids that are learning to be snitches/traditors are on the frontline of war and the other side offers them a good deal, like $50 or $100 bucks to turn on their own, and they do it. I want to be there when they ask "Why on earth would they have turned on their own?" I will say, "Because you taught them to!" Disloyality is something that is taught just as loyality is.....when you reward children for being disloyal, then you have a future of disloyal adults. This is a pitiful place to have resorted to such methods. Reap what you sow! This will come back to haunt all of us. 
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