Friends for Life

The Campus Crime Stoppers Friends for Life Program began as a partnership with the Fort Worth ISD “It’s Not Okay” campaign during the 2010-2011 school year. The campaign encourages students to make healthy decisions and ask for help when they or their friends are in need. The Campus Crime Stoppers Friends for Life Program focuses on behaviors and issues that can place the student and others at risk and will serve as a resource for students who want to report fellow students who are victims of bullying, cyber bullying, sexting, dating or family violence, gang activity, sexual harassment, or has suicidal tendencies.

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Topics Covered by Friends for Life

BULLYING

Bullying is to cause physical harm to a student, damaging a student’s property or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm or actions resulting in an intimidating, threatening or abusive environment for a student. READ MORE.

FAMILY VIOLENCE/ABUSE

Under Chapter 5 of the Code of Criminal Procedure Family violence is defined as any act by one member of a family or household intended to physically harm another member, a serious threat of physical harm, the abuse of a child, or dating violence. Family violence does not include defensive measures to protect oneself. READ MORE.

CYBERBULLYING

Cyber Bullying involves the use of electronic technologies to engage in repeated and/or extensively disseminated acts of cruelty towards others. READ MORE.

GANG ACTIVITY

Negative influences within the family—including domestic violence, child abuse, harsh or inconsistent parenting practices, and/or drug/alcohol abuse by family members—can increase the risk that a youth will join a gang. READ MORE.

SEXTING

Students are prohibited from sending or posting electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another's reputation, or illegal. This prohibition applies to conduct off school property if it results in a substantial disruption to the educational environment. Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, sexually oriented, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs will be disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct and may, in certain circumstances, be reported to law enforcement. READ MORE.

SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people. Boys successfully complete suicide more often than girls, but girls have more attempts. 1 in 6 high school students experiences thoughts of suicide. 1 in 11 has made a suicide attempt in the last 12 months. READ MORE.

DATING VIOLENCE/ABUSE

Dating violence is the intentional use of physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse by a person to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control another person in a dating relationship. READ MORE.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT ON CAMPUS OR BY ANOTHER YOUTH

Dating violence is the intentional use of physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse by a person to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control another person in a dating relationship. READ MORE.

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How Does Friends for Life Work?

If you have a friend who may be dealing with one of the issues listed above, you may reach out to the Campus Crime Stoppers Friends for Life Hotline and get them help. Through Crime Stoppers, the information you provide remains anonymous and confidential. You could help make a difference in your friend’s life.

Campus Crime Stoppers Friends for Life may be contacted through the Crime Stoppers hotline, website, live web chat system, or a mobile app, which is operated by the Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County Call Center. The call center is staffed by trained personnel, who will take your calls and online and mobile app submissions and then send your information to the appropriate school and district contacts. You do not have to identify yourself and call takers will not ask your name; Campus Crime Stoppers “Friends for Life” is anonymous.

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