By Dianne Cornish
Waterdown District High School (WDHS) is one of three winning schools in the Hamilton Crime Stoppers’ 2012 Safe Schools Challenge, which invited area high schools to create a video tackling crime and improving safety in their school.
Launched at the beginning of the school year, the challenge tasked students to produce a two-minute video to promote student awareness and responsibility in keeping schools safe while also promoting Crime Stoppers as an effective tool in the fight against crime in the school community.
With the help of a teacher advisor, WDHS students videotaped scenes at the Parkside Drive school portraying theft, violence and drug dealing in a high school setting. Entitled “Guardian Angel,” the local entry was up against 21 other submissions.
Winning entries, announced last Thursday at the Central Police Station in Hamilton, were awarded plaques to be displayed in their schools and cheques to be used for a school-related project.
The other winning schools were Ancaster High with its video, “Doubt,” and Hill Park Secondary with “The Right Call.”
According to a media release issued last week by Cst. Deb McGreal-Dinning, media relations officer with Hamilton Police Service, Crime Stoppers of Hamilton and the Hamilton Police plan to host a similar contest next year.
Crime Stoppers is an anonymous police tip line (1-800-222-8477) that offers rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of criminals.