A student sees someone steal a cellphone at his school. He could tell a teacher or a school-resource officer, but what if he worries that other students will see that he's doing so?
Now, a program that's just rolled out at a St. Paul school would let the student in such a scenario confidentially send a text message with a tip to the school district.
"I think the biggest draw is that they don't turn themselves into a target," said Danny Kieffer, a principal on assignment at Central Senior High School. "They're doing something that is natural as breathing to them, where nobody is going to think anything about the kid next to them texting in the lunch room."