Students can help keep school safe |

Students can help keep school safe

Christina Proctor

Students at South Tahoe High School now have a way to anonymously report crimes. Just dial 543-1234.

With help from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department and a student group at the high school, Secret Witness has expanded its program to include a student safety line.

“The hope is to reduce the potential of violence,” said Kathay Lovell, a Secret Witness board member. “Students can now anonymously report violent crimes and other dangerous situations. Whether it be from a pay phone at the school or their own home. The program was implemented in Reno with great success.”

If the information leads to an arrest or the recovery of property rewards are offered. Callers are given a code number. They can then call back and offer the code number to get a status update. Callers never need to give their name. The new phone number is being placed near all the clocks in the high school because most students watch the clock, Lovell explained.

Secret Witness’s original number, (530) 541-6800, can also be used to report crimes, Lovell said. The nonprofit group was formed in 1980 after a teen was killed during a robbery of a gas station. In the name of Richard E. Swanson, businesses and South Lake Tahoe residents raised $10,000 as a reward for information on his murder, which still has not been solved.

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