Its typical lunch hour at Reed High School, students are heading back to class. When asked, some know about the Secret Witness here on this campus and other schools, some students do not.
Cortney Patchell a Junior at Reed says she's aware of the program and wouldn't hesitate in using it. " Yes I would, if I saw something wrong in my school I would report it. I would not want it to happen to one of my friends, or an innocent person." Freshman Johhan Pascual says she didn't know much about it, but it sounds like a win-win for the student caller, "You help people and you get money for yourself."
Signs like these are up at all middle and high schools here in Washoe County. They let students know they can call should they see problems on campus, and like the adult secret witness program those students can remain anonymous. Mike Mieras, Washoe County School District Police Chief says in its 15-years the program has had one message.
"That's what we are trying to tell students, This is your school and you have a big role in the safety of your school and you have a big role in the pride in your school and its your school so please step up and do the right thing."
A fellow student at Swope Middle School called Secret Witness yesterday after seeing another student playing with a gun and ammunition. While that student could receive a cash reward for his information, the district's police department is thinking about enhancing that reward with items that would appeal to students.
"Look at maybe like an i-pod nano and or a psp or something because anytime we can take a live firearm off a campus then the program is working and students need to know they did the right thing, " says Mieras.
Currently Mieras says Secret Witness rewards can range from 50-to 250-dollars.