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As of Monday students at 10 Chicago Public High Schools can use their cell phones to tip the police about fights, weapons or any type of illegal activity threating their hallways. The pilot program TXT2TIP will anonymously alert the police of ongoing activity inside the  schools. Police are hoping that this new age method will help them connect with young people and help prevent some of the violence that reached an all time high in the 2007-08 school year. Text messages should be sent to CRIMES or 274637 and must begin with the letters “cpd’’ (they can include common text abbreviations). The participating schools include Gage Park  Dyett, Douglass, Harper, Sullivan, Crane, Phillips, Richards, Hirsch and Fenger high schools. Tipsters will receive a code number and can call (800) 535-STOP to see if their tip resulted in an arrest. Anything to help stop the ridiculous violence this city saw last year when 36 CPS students were violently murdered from September 2007 to September 2008.