Firearm-Related Tips in a Statewide School Anonymous Reporting System

Elyse J. Thulin, Alex French, Elizabeth Messman, Rachel Masi, Justin E. Heinze


Firearm-related injuries are the leading cause of death among children and adolescents.1 The increase in school shootings, firearm access, and carriage in schools makes firearm injury prevention within schools central to promoting youth safety.2 Anonymous reporting systems (ARSs) are used by more than 50% of K-12 schools in the United States to decrease the burden of firearm injuries.3 ARSs leverage the “see-something-say-something” model, which seeks to increase citizen awareness and empowerment to report potentially dangerous items, events, and behaviors.4 Yet, little is known regarding the use of school-based ARSs for firearm-related concerns compared with non–firearm-related concerns, particularly when the concern may pose life-threatening risk.

Keywords: firearm, school shootings, youth safety, see something say something