Students question anonymous tip line

Max Hancock, opinion editor

In recent years, Cactus Shadows has implemented an anonymous tip system with the goal of keeping campus a safer place but mixed feelings have arisen about the method.
“I don’t necessarily have a problem with the anonymous tip system at school, it can be really useful and help administration out a lot. However, they take everything submitted as face value absolute truth and they don’t hear out the victim of accusation,” said Zander Bezotte, a multiple time victim of the anonymous tip system.
Bezotte is one of many students who has been falsely accused of violating school policies through the anonymous tip system. Students who wish to play practical jokes on their friends or enemies will oftentimes formulate a fake crime then submit an anonymous tip through the link on the school website. As a result of this insolent prank, students who have been wrongly called up can be searched often without question, in order to validate the victim’s innocence.
Some students have even anonymously reported themselves in order to get called out of class and searched, just to skip out on a few minutes of class.
“To me, it does not benefit the school system for the reason that it allows students to create once-sided claims that aren’t always true to be reported,” said Ben Sheps, a senior.
While the approach the school has taken in order to make campus safer for everyone is founded on good intentions, it can easily be manipulated by those with deviant intentions. To combat this, many have advocated to implement a system that gives the accuser more accountability while still keeping their identity unknown to the student body.
“Honestly, people should just put their information when making a tip, only a select few administrators see it and it’s not like anybody’s going to find out. I get that it might make people more comfortable if it’s anonymous but it would help stop the fake accusations negatively affecting students,” continued Bezotte.
Students who willfully break school guidelines, oftentimes with serious offenses, can be easily caught when a student speaks up. Because they remain anonymous, their identity is protected, restricting them from receiving any retaliation from the student body for telling administration.
Anonymous tipping is a structure implemented in many work places, educational services, and law enforcement. Each one of these systems shares the sole purpose of protecting students, employees, and civilians.