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New Threat Reporting System Already Has 6200+ Tips

Pennsylvania is the first state in the country to mandate Safe2Say Something, and already it may have prevented a school tragedy.

A couple of weeks ago we first told you about the new statewide threat reporting system (click here) Safe2Say Something. The program gives kids and adults the ability to submit a tip, either on line, through a hotline, or with a mobile app if they see signs that someone is a threat to themselves or others. Safe2Say was rolled out in Pennsylvania this year after state lawmakers passed a bill last year that ordered all private and public schools in the state adopt it. Pennsylvania is the first state to mandate the program.

Now USAToday reports, the state has already gotten more than 6,200 tips, 1300 of which were considered serious enough to act on. In fact Joe Grace, a spokesman for PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who spearheaded the effort, says Safe2Say is being credited with possibly averting tragedy at a school in Hazelton (near Scranton). A tip last month lead police to a student's home where they found a loaded handgun.

Grace says the program, pioneered by the Sandy Hook Promise (check out their powerful new PSA above), is meant to supplement efforts already underway. "It's a program designed to give teachers, students and others another way to communicate information that potentially could be useful to school officials and police to help keep students safe," Grace told USAToday.

"It was never intended to replace 911 nor does it do that." Joe Grace, Spokesman for PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro

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