Beginning on Monday, January 14, 2019, every school in Pennsylvania will begin using the Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System.
The Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System allows individuals to submit secure and anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene when unsafe and/or harmful behaviors take place. The tips can be submitted via the app, online, or a dedicated hotline, and each tip is reviewed by the Safe2Say Something call center housed in the Office of Attorney General. The call center will process and refer tips to the appropriate school teams and law enforcement according to the level of threat.
Safe2Say Something was made possible with help from Sandy Hook Promise, a national nonprofit organization in Newtown, Conn. that was formed after the December 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Safe2Say Something system will be overseen and operated by the Office of Attorney General, with the expertise and guidance of Sandy Hook Promise.
This partnership is the first of its kind where Sandy Hook Promise is providing its expertise from its proven Anonymous Reporting System at a state-wide level. While Sandy Hook Promise is partnering with school districts across the country to bring this life-saving program to individual school districts, Pennsylvania represents the first time this will be done for all districts across the entire state, showing a strong commitment to empowering students to report their concerns and intervene before a crisis occurs.
As part of its commitment to the program, Sandy Hook Promise will train students across the state how to recognize at-risk behaviors and take action to help someone else by submitting an anonymous tip. The training is only being provided to students in grades 6-12.
All tips will be processed immediately by the call center and information relayed to the appropriate authorities. Each school in the state has established a Safe2Say Something team that is responsible for receiving notifications from the call center 24/7. Local police departments also are being trained in how to handle the information that may be reported to them via the call center tips. The training is provided at no cost to schools.
The Safe2Say Something program is one more tool at our disposal in keeping our students, staff and schools safe. Additional information about the program, including dates for our student training, will be provided as it becomes available.