Crime Stoppers joining schools for Red Ribbon Week

When it comes to helping local kids steer clear of the dangers of drugs, Gillespie County Crime Stoppers is working hard to come up with solutions that appeal to the younger set, according to Joe Folse, coordinator.

The crime-fighting organization is joining Fredericksburg and Harper schools in observing the Oct. 21-29 “Red Ribbon Week” — a nationally observed time when youths speak out against drugs, create awareness about the dangers of illegal substances and offer their personal commitments to living drug-free lives.

“Crime Stoppers is working with the Fredericksburg Independent School District and the Harper Independent School District to encourage kids to use ‘text-a-tip’ to report any unlawful activity on their school campus or in the community,” Folse said.

During Red Ribbon Week, Crime Stoppers will be distributing a flyer to each student on how to text an anonymous tip into the authorities in a timely manner.

“The biggest obstacle to the success of the text-a-tip initiative is trying to convince kids that texting a tip is completely anonymous,” Folse said. “The flyer explains in more detail how the process works.”

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