State Senate passes bill to develop anonymous school threat reporting system

Safe2Say bill now off to House for consideration

Tony Romeo
June 06, 2018 - 4:32 pm

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would create a system to anonymously report school threats.

The program, Safe2Say, is modeled after what backers said is a similar, successful system of anonymous reporting of threats to schools established in Colorado after the mass shooting at Columbine High School. 

While Pennsylvania's program would be run by the Office of the Attorney General, Republican Pat Browne — the sponsor of the Senate bill — said safety is the aim of the program.

"This system is not meant to replace 911 services or to be used as a disciplinary tool for school employees or to be used as a law enforcement tool," he said. "There is a provision in the bill for persons knowingly or intentionally making false reports."

The bill now goes to the House for consideration. Legislative leaders have said school safety issues will be a priority in the weeks before summer recess.