After struggling for years with an anti-snitching culture that made witnesses to crimes or potentially dangerous behavior too afraid to come forward, police across the country are getting help from text-a-tip programs that allow people to send anonymous text messages from their cell phones -- and in many cases, the programs have been used to enhance school and campus safety.

Authorities in Douglas County, Colo., for example, thwarted a threatened Columbine-style attack after an anonymous text about a student's "kill list" led them to weapons in the child's home. And campus police at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles


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