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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: August 22, 2019 01:10 PM
From: Senator Patrick M. Browne and Sen. Vincent J. Hughes, Sen. Scott Martin
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution designating September 23-29, 2019 as Safe2Say Something Week in Pennsylvania.
We will be introducing a resolution designating the week of September 23 through 29, as “Safe2Say Something Week” in Pennsylvania.

Act 44 of 2018 established the Safe2Say Something program, which provides for methods of anonymous reporting concerning unsafe, potentially harmful, dangerous, violent or criminal activities in schools or to individuals.

The Safe2Say Something Program is modeled after the Safe2Tell program that was created in Colorado in 1999 after the Columbine tragedy. Safe2Say Something accepts and refers anonymous reports made by students, teachers and community members to report behavior perceived to be threatening to an individual or a school entity.

To implement the program, the Attorney General partnered with Sandy Hook Promise to operate the Safe2Say Something program. This partnership trains students, teachers and school personnel to recognize warning signs and signals from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and how to report those concerns through the Safe2Say Something program.

The Safe2Say Something program began accepting reports on January 14, 2019 and continues to accept reports 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year. From January 2019 through the end of the school year 2018-2019, 864,333 students have been trained on the Safe2Say Something program.

On August 1, 2019, the first annual report was released by the Office of Attorney General and it showed that since the program began accepting reports in January 2019, more than 23,490 reports had been made. While the original intent of the program was to prevent threats against a school, the Safe2Say Something program has identified a variety of behavior and mental health issues. The top five event types reported were: bullying, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and depression or anxiety.

Pennsylvania is now considered a national model with this anonymous tip-line and it has demonstrated in a short time that it serves a vital need in our schools.

We hope that you will join us in co-sponsoring this resolution designating the week of September 23 through 29, as “Safe2Say Something Week” in Pennsylvania.

Introduced as SR198