Letter: Appalled this could be allowed in a school setting

Editor:

For your information... a new “program” is being instituted this week at local middle and high schools termed “See it Stop it!” Basically, it provides a cash “reward” for any student to call an 800 number or text anonymous information regarding “illegal” activities regarding fellow students. I’m appalled this could happen in any setting, but especially a school setting.

Before hanging the banners and nailing up posters cheering on this “program” from Yavapai County Silent Witness and MatForce we might want to re-visit Germany of the 1930’s and 40’s for a quick look at similar “programs” used by the Hitler Youth and the German Secret Police. Their “programs” allowed anyone to turn in anonymously (friends, neighbors, even family) for perceived wrongdoing and be rewarded for doing so. Nor were there ever any consequences for incorrect information.

One might also want to examine the similar “programs” that existed in POW camps allowing prisoners to be rewarded for turning in their fellow prisoners.

Along with being totally morally indefensible, this “program” is not something I’d choose to spend my tax dollars on. It’s troubling also that only one school superintendent, Barbara U’Ren, has any qualms regarding this ill-advised effort. If you are bothered by this “program” you may want to drop a line to your school superintendents and to Yavapai County Attorney Shelia Polk (who heartily endorses this) expressing your feelings.

Ron Grafe

Cottonwood

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