Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

600 Tips in One Week Statewide System Set Up to Collect Reports of School Threats

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

600 Tips in One Week Statewide System Set Up to Collect Reports of School Threats

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A new statewide system designed to collect reports of threats against schools has netted more than 600 tips in its first week, officials announced Wednesday.

The program, Safe2Say, allows users to anonymously report emergencies and nonemergencies, including bullying, drug use, suicide threats and threats to schools.

Officials say the reporting system has received 615 tips and calls from across Pennsylvania in the first week, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Wednesday. The program has forwarded several hundred of the reports to law enforcement and school officials.

Safe2Say is modeled after a Colorado-based program created after the Columbine High School massacre in 1999. At least five other states have created similar programs, lawmakers said last year. In Pennsylvania, the program now includes 3,774 public and private schools. …

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