Bill to implement school threat reporting system advances to Pennsylvania Senate
HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Senate Education Committee on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that would implement an anonymous system to report threats directed at schools.
The Safe2Say program is modeled after Colorado's Safe2Tell program, which was created in 1999 after the Columbine tragedy.
Lawmakers said the Colorado program received approximately nine reported threats during the 2016-2017 school year.
The Pennsylvania legislation would require the attorney general to oversee the program and create procedures to anonymously report potential school threats, ensure the anonymity of the reporter, promptly forward any information to the correct law enforcement agency, train local officials on appropriate responses to said threat and develop educational and promotional awareness for the program.
The bill now goes to the full Senate for a vote.