Oregon Schools to Pay Students for Anonymous Tips 2/19/99

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A new program in Portland, Oregon school districts rewards students who inform on their classmates. Campus Crime Stoppers, a spin-off of the Crime Stoppers programs operating around the world, provides students with a hotline to call school police, and offers kids up to $1,000 for anonymous tips about classmates involved with drugs, weapons, vandalism, or other criminal activity.

Sergeant Larry Linne, the Portland school police officer in charge of the program, told the Oregonian newspaper that district standards will insure that students' Fourth Amendment rights are not violated, but some students are wary of a program they say could turn classmates into narcs and snitches. "I don't trust the authorities," one 17-year-old told the paper. "It depends on if someone got hurt or not."

Crime Stoppers International is online at http://www.c-s-i.org.

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