$500 reward offered in Alabama schools to prevent shootings


Report a gun at school and earn $500 if the weapon is recovered.

Crime Stoppers in Birmingham and Montgomery is offering the reward to school students for tips used to recover a gun on school grounds.

The program is called the School Gun Initiative and is sponsored by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama in Birmingham reports receiving no tips from students since launching the project for the 2017-2018 school year.

Central Alabama Crime Stoppers in Montgomery activated their school gun program for the 2016-2017 school year and has recovered 20 guns from student tips.

"It all comes back to the school students making their school safe. We can have all of the police officers, all the cameras in schools that we can administer, but if we don't have community consciousness about what is right and what is wrong...there's nothing we can do," said Central Alabama Crime Stoppers Director Tony Garrett.

Garrett tells ABC 33/40 News, students should report guns to School Resource Officers. The SRO will then contact Crime Stoppers to ensure the reward is given to the student. Students can also use the Crime Stoppers tip line or the new Crime Stoppers app.

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