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Clare County Prosecutor’s Office Praises Launch of New Statewide Student Safety Initiative, OK2SAY
Partnership with AG, MSP, State Agencies, Schools and Law Enforcement Creates Comprehensive Safety Initiative for Michigan Kids
Harrison, Mich. – Clare County Prosecutor’s Office today praised the launch of OK2SAY, a new hotline and student safety initiative available to Michigan students beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. OK2SAY enables students to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activities aimed at students, teachers, staff or other school employees. The program will operate as an early warning system in our schools to thwart tragedies before they occur. Created as a result of the Student Safety Act (183 PA 2013), OK2SAY’s focus is on early intervention and prevention.
“Keeping our children safe in school is paramount,” said Michelle J. Ambrozaitis, Clare County Prosecuting Attorney. “OK2SAY is a fantastic tool for combating school violence. It empowers children to speak up and fight back against school violence.”
“Our students learn best in a safe environment, but dangerous behaviors threaten to disrupt our schools, and in the worst cases, take the lives of our students,” said Attorney General Bill Schuette. “OK2SAY will create an early warning system in our schools and communities to stop tragedies before they start. We cannot sit and wait for the next Columbine or Sandy Hook. We must be proactive to ensure our kids are safe, both inside and outside the classroom. If even one child is saved, this program will be a success.”
Fighting the Culture of Silence
According to the U.S. Secret Service, for 81% of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone other than the attacker had knowledge of the attacker’s plan but failed to report it. OK2SAY will discourage the persistent culture of silence among students who fear reporting threatening behavior is
Introduction The Office of the Governor, Attorney General Bill Schuette, the Michigan State Police, the Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Department of Community Health, and the Michigan Department of Human Services are taking action to improve the safety of Michigan schools for our children. Their student safety initiative is called OK2SAY.
Goal The goal of OK2SAY is to create a comprehensive communication system that empowers students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs, and law enforcement officials to share and respond to student safety threats.
In many schools, a culture of silence is reinforced among students who consider it intrusive or “uncool” to report (“snitch”) threatening behavior for fear of retaliation and stigmatization. Research indicates that in 81% of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone other than the attacker had knowledge of the attacker’s plan but failed to report it.
OK2SAY opens the lines of communication among students and caring, professional adults through: • Confidential Reporting: Reporter confidentiality will be statutorily guaranteed. • Comprehensive Technology: Tips can be submitted by telephone, text message, email, or at the OK2SAY website. A downloadable mobile application is also being developed. Multimedia attachments (photo, video, audio, etc.) and links will be accepted. • Coordinated Intervention: Program operators will field initial reports and promptly provide the information to appropriate local law enforcement agencies, community mental health service programs, and school districts. • Complete Disposition: To promote accountability, school, law enforcement, and/or community mental health service program officials will be asked to complete an outcome report detailing the nature of the tip, the action taken in response, the outcome achieved, and suggestions for improvement.
Key benefits of the OK2SAY program include: • Increased Safety: Facilitates responses to harmful behaviors directed toward others or oneself, including bullying, substance abuse, weapons possession, and suicide threats. • Crisis
Oanh Kieu Bass (13-004736-FC): The Defendant previously entered a plea of guilty to Murder 2nd Degree and Felony Firearm. Today she was sentenced to prison by Judge Evans as follows:
Felony Firearm: 2 years consecutive and preceding the sentence for the Murder 2nd Degree conviction. She will receive credit of 599 days previously served.
Murder 2nd Degree: 15 years to 40 years, no credit for time already served
$136 state costs and $130 crime victim rights fee were assessed. Restitution to the family was held open.
This sentence means that she will serve 15 years before she becomes eligible for parole (it does not mean that she will be paroled - she could be held by MDOC until her maximum sentence of 40 years). If she is paroled, she will most likely face deportation back to Vietnam.
Joseph Michael Mathias (14-004881-FC): On August 11, 2014, the defendant entered a plea of guilty to Operating and Maintaining a Laboratory as a habitual 3rd offender. He was sentenced to a prison term today by Judge Mienk. His sentence is as follows: MDOC 23 months to 20 years – he doesn’t receive credit for any time served because he was on parole at the time. And, his time will be served consecutive to any time that he may be ordered to serve on his parole violation. $551.48 to the Harrison Fire Department; $68 state costs; $130 crime victim rights assessment; and $500 court appointed attorney fees.
This week most students start back to school. Their teachers have already been preparing for the year. My hope is that students take full advantage of the opportunity provided by a public education. I want them to be successful. Teachers need to know that I appreciate their dedication and commitment to each student. If students and teachers do their parts, and parents back them up, we can be hopeful that our investment will have positive results.
It’s true, we don’t see too many educated people in our jails. The opposite is also true.
When students miss school, it’s difficult for them to stay current in their courses. Those who get behind often stay behind. If they drop out of school, their pathway can easily lead to low-paying jobs and an over-reliance on the social welfare system. Prisons are clogged with inmates who lack a high-school diploma or a GED.
Let’s all work to encourage kids to go to school regularly, to stay in school, and graduate on schedule. It’s a win-win situation when that happens. The student is successful, our tax dollars are not wasted, and our communities are stronger.
Richard Atherton (14-004828-FH): On August 4, 2014, the Defendant entered a plea of guilty to Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana – Aid and Abet; Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana – Aid and Abet; and Maintaining a Drug House ; as a habitual 3rd offender. He was sentenced today by Judge Evans to prison and his sentence is as follows:
MDOC 19 months to 8 years with credit for 161 days already served.
$480 to BAYANET as restitution, joint and several with his co-defendants
$204 state costs and $130 crime victim rights assessment
$500 fine and $500 court appointed attorney fees
He was also sentenced on two previous files on probation violations. Sentence in file 12-004397-FH was to MDOC for 19 months to 15 years and in file 13-004577-FH it was 19 months to 22.5 years, credit for 601 days already served on both files.
All time on each file is to be served concurrent.
Kim Thomas (14-004870-FC): On August 4, 2014, the Defendant entered a no contest plea to Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st Degree. He was sentenced today by Judge Evans to prison and his sentence is as follows:
MDOC 6 years to 40 years with credit for 71 days already served
Lifetime GPS monitoring
No contact with the victim
$68 state costs; $130 crime victim rights assessment; and $700 in court appointed attorney fees
Raymond James Bostwick (13-004682-FH)
The Defendant was charged with Count 1: Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Second Degree and Count 2: Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Fourth Degree (Incest). He entered a plea of guilty to both counts today (August 27, 2014) after a day and a half of testimony during a Circuit Court jury trial. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 22, 2014, at 11:00am, by Judge Mienk. Assistant Prosecutor Kelsey Guernsey handled the case and did a wonderful job.
The investigation was conducted by former D/Lt. Michael Coon of the Clare County Sheriff's Department, with the assistance of Det. Vredevelt. The jury heard from the victim, law enforcement, expert witness Patricia Haist, and others. The Defendant made the decision to plead guilty as charged after the jury watched his video recorded confession.
There are several initiatives in Clare County to decriminalize marijuana within the city limits of Harrison and Clare.
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Michelle J. AmbrozaitisClare County Prosecuting Attorney 225 W. Main, PO Box 586 Harrison, Michigan 48625 Tel: (989) 539-9831Fax: (989) 539-1807
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