State Senate Considers “Safe To Say” Bill For Anonymous School Threat Tip Line

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HARRISBURG (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – The Pennsylvania Senate is considering a bill that would establish an anonymous tip line for school threats.

The “Safe to Say” Bill is modeled after a similar program established in Colorado following the Columbine School Shooting. It would allow concerned community members to report suspected threats to school safety anonymously.

The tips would go directly to the state Attorney General’s office, who assisted in creating the legislation.

State Senator Vincent Hughes told the KDKA Radio Afternoon News Tuesday he sponsored the bill to provide another tool to prevent violence in school.

“We need to make sure that folks have the tools available to them to make sure that this does not occur ever again,” Senator Hughes said. “The problem comes to us as a result of multiple issues so we have to have multiple responses in place.”

Senator Hughes hopes the program will also help individuals who need help dealing with mental illness get connected to the resources available to them.

“This will be a vehicle to break down that stigma around mental health and will at the same time save folks’ lives.”

Senator Hughes says the bill has 32 bipartisan cosponsors in the Senate and hopes it will see a vote Wednesday.

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