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PA Adding Statewide School Threat Reporting System

Attorney General Josh Shapiro
Credit: PA Internet News Service

Pennsylvania law enforcement have a new tool to accept tips that will keep schools safe.

In Harrisburg on Monday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro rolled out the Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System for every school in the state. The new system is in partnership with the nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise.

The Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System will allow students, teachers, school administrators, and others to learn how to detect and report potential threats of violence and other problems. The system will include a statewide web-based reporting app and tip phone number, threat identification training for students and teachers, development assist for school districts seeking to create a crisis response team, and explainers on how to use the reporting system.

Tips from the new system will be reviewed by call center analysts from the attorney general’s office and sent to designated school contacts and local law enforcement as necessary, officials said.

The new system is set to go live in January 2019.

The Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System has been launched across the country and 3.5 million students and teachers have been trained on its use. Pennsylvania is the first statewide rollout of the system.

“Pennsylvania students deserve a safe place to learn, free from the threat of violence from classmates or other individuals,” said Shapiro. “I’m proud my office was entrusted by the legislature to run this new program focused on school safety. Working together with Sandy Hook Promise, we can make Pennsylvania safer for families, teachers and, most importantly, our students.”

The attorney general’s office said the program has received the green light from the legislature and has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.

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