State Patrol: Many options for parents to report concerns about school safety

By: - September 5, 2022 8:00 pm
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LINCOLN — The Nebraska State Patrol and Nebraska Department of Education are reminding parents, students, and schools officials that there are many options for reporting school or student safety concerns.

The reminder comes as schools in Nebraska have begun a new school year.

To report threats of school violence or any suspicious activity surrounding Nebraska’s schools, call the State Patrol’s Nebraska Information Analysis Center at 888-580-6422. It can also be accessed online at Tips can be made anonymously.

Threats of violence can also be reported through the Department of Education Safe2Help program, which also handles concerns about bullying or bad behavior. Access the Safe2Help program at or call 833-980-SAFE.

When the concern is about a mental health crisis or suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988 on any phone.

“The safety of our schools is vital to everyday life in Nebraska,” said Col. John Bolduc, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.  “If you become aware of a threat of school violence, report it immediately.”


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Paul Hammel
Paul Hammel

Senior Reporter Paul Hammel has covered the Nebraska Legislature and Nebraska state government for decades. He started his career reporting for the Omaha Sun and later, editing the Papillion Times group in suburban Omaha. He joined the Lincoln Journal-Star as a sports enterprise reporter, and then a roving reporter covering southeast Nebraska. In 1990, he was hired by the Omaha World-Herald as a legislative reporter. Later, for 15 years, he roamed the state covering all kinds of news and feature stories. In the past decade, he served as chief of the Lincoln Bureau and enterprise reporter. Paul has won awards for reporting from Great Plains Journalism, the Associated Press, Nebraska Newspaper Association and Suburban Newspapers of America. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation, a member of the Nebraska Hop Growers and a volunteer caretaker of Irvingdale Park in Lincoln.