Keeping your school safe is a shared responsibility, and you can play a crucial role in contributing to a safe and welcoming learning environment. 

  1. Trust Your Instincts: If you witness something that doesn't seem right or makes you uncomfortable, trust your instincts. Your gut feeling is often a valuable indicator.
  2. Speak Up: Don't hesitate to share suspicious or concerning behavior to a trusted adult, such as a parent, teacher, school counselor, or school resource officer. Sharing your concerns with responsible individuals can help prevent bad actions.
  3. Use Safe2Help Illinois: You have access to this free resource. If you're afraid of retaliation or want to maintain confidentiality, consider using Safe2Help Illinois to share concerns.
  4. Supportive Peer Networks: Encourage your friends to also be vigilant and share any concerning behavior they witness to a trusted adult. A collective effort can make a significant impact.
  5. Promote Inclusivity: Foster a culture of inclusivity and kindness in your school or community. Encourage your peers to treat each other with respect and empathy, reducing the likelihood of negative behaviors.
  6. Intervene Safely: If it's safe to do so, consider intervening in situations where someone is being mistreated or harmed. Seek help from adults or authorities when necessary to ensure everyone's safety.
  7. Be a Role Model: Lead by example. Demonstrate responsible and respectful behavior in your interactions with others. Your actions can influence your peers positively.

If you come across something that seems suspicious or concerning, it's crucial to speak up. Don't hesitate to share it, and continue to do so until you're confident that your concerns are being addressed seriously. In cases where there's a potential threat to someone's life, reach out to someone with the power and authority to take immediate action. Your vigilance and persistence can play a significant role in ensuring safety and preventing harm.