Monday, April 18, 2005

Pay to Snitch? A Kid's Dream!

Because of all of the recent school shootings, high schools have really ramped up their efforts to try to curb the violence before it happens. The problem is though, there's this eternal stigma associated with being the 'snitch'. The good thing is though, Gen X is supposedly very materialistic, so with the right incentives, perhaps people would be willing to give up the friends and snitch.

Many schools, and Georgia being one of the first to implement such a system, are offering monetary rewards for information regarding guns, drugs, or general violation of school rules, such as graffiti. Now, for $10 a guy isn't going to give up his 'boy', but for a bit more, he might be inclined to. (And I use guy generally, no offense to the girls)

My favorite quote from this article: "'This year, we've given out $1,100,' he says. 'For $100, they'll turn their mothers in.' "


Sarah Drake said...

I think this is a good idea in general. I know I would probably do it, especially if I was getting paid for it! This brings up the question though of kids that are just after the money and trying to get people in trouble all the time even though that person never really did anything in the first place. I definately know some people who would "snitch" on people just because they didn't like them though.

Ben B. said...

I think that offering monetary rewards for students who “snitch” on other students who are known to be, or speak of being, in possession of potentially dangerous weapons or drug paraphernalia is a very good idea. However, I do agree with Sarah that this power would likely be abused when students “snitch” on fellow students for vandalism, smoking, or other “minor” offensives. If the student being “ratted on” did not possess any evidence of his violations then it would turn into one kids word verses anothers.

chenna said...

Well, something needs to be done to curb violence in America's public school system. It was relatively unheard of 15 years ago to have security guards in American high schools, but not it is all too common now. For any conflict, getting proper intelligence is key mitigating risk (the Iraq War does not apply to this case). If monetary rewards will be able to curb, or even deter violence, then by all means it should be used. I just worry about occurances of false reports by students in an effort to earn a quick buck, or play a hoax on other students.