GREENSBORO, N.C. — Page High School in Greensboro is not unlike every other high school in the nation.
With it’s flags at half staff, honoring the students at Sandy Hook Elementary, there’s a movement inside the school to keep this campus safe and crime free.
“I think every school has a little bit of problem with crime.” said John Peele, a senior at Page.
School resource officer Aaron Griffith has been at Page for 4 years and he says he’d rather not have any crime on campus.
When the officer approached Tom Oswald’s Multimedia, Web Design class about helping create some simple flyers to put up around the school the class jumped at the chance to do more.
The class was well aware that Griffith’s job of solving theft, involved getting good tips, which is a hard proposition with adults.
Getting good tips from a teenager? Impossible.
There’s a stigma among teens not to “tell” on one another, but the class knew there was already a solution, it just needed publicity.
“When things are done student led and student initiated they are more effective.” said school principal Patrice Faison
The students contacted Greensboro Crimestoppers and created a new club at the school called “Campus Watch.”
“Campus Watch” will make sure all 1900 students at Page High School know and understand that tips to Crimestoppers is as easy as sending a quick text and that it is completely anonymous.
Tuesday was the club’s kickoff, getting students to fill out short surveys to gauge the student body’s understanding of how Crimestoppers works and informing them of the rewards of giving good tips.
“The sole purpose of the club is to make students aware of the text a tip program that is out there so they know there’s an opportunity to confidentially and anonymously send a tip and possibly get some cash back for it thru the Crimestoppers program.” said Tom Oswald.
The students hope their efforts will reduce school crime and hopefully at encourage their peers to do the right thing.