$100,000 donated to LAUSD anti-bullying texting service
A charitable foundation will donate $100,000 to an anonymous texting service that will help prevent bullying and other violence in Los Angeles Unified schools, officials say.
The money from the Sumner Redstone Charitable Foundation will establish a SchoolTipline for students in one of the nation’s largest school districts. The anonymous texting platform will allow students to submit tips of violent or dangerous behavior to administrators, without fearing retribution from peers, officials said Monday when they made the donation announcement.
Bullying has been spotlighted in recent months because of controversy over the rating of a bullying documentary and the case of a Rutgers student who was convicted of using a webcam to spy on his college roommate.
“The L.A. Unified School District represents the thousands of school districts spread across the United States, plagued by bullying, aggressive behavior and students struggling with how to respond,” said SchoolTipline CEO Kevin Santiago in a statement.
The donation was made to the Safe to Talk Fund by Redstone, Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation Executive Chairman.
In a statement, Rudy Perez, the executive director of Friends of Safe Schools Los Angeles, said local officials are “really grateful to Mr. Redstone for his donation.”
-- Matt Stevens
Photo: Students leave short statements about how they bullied someone at some point in their life during a class discussion of the topic at Carson High School in April. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times