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house Bill H.R. 2100

Should the Feds Give States Grant Money to Create Anonymous School Threat Reporting Systems?

Argument in favor

Ahead of school shootings, there are sometimes warning signs that go unreported. Creating anonymous tip lines for people to report potential red flags will help keep schools and students safe.

AudreyA.'s Opinion
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05/14/2019
I do agree with this totally, but I can see why people also don't like this idea. There are to many instances where children have posted false shooting threats and there is no for sure way to know that students wont do the same with this. But for the people who don't want to be scared that their identity would be put out there then I agree with this!
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Argument opposed

Safe2Tell’s anonymity can be abused by student pranksters or those seeking to cause disruption. Additionally, many states have already invested in these programs on their own so federal action may not be needed.

Myra's Opinion
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05/12/2019
No! All of us should not be required to fund yet another "idea" that someone has come up with. Schools, independently, should be able to come up with solutions to not only protect students, but to be aware of problems. I think we have taken away all of the authority from teachers, principals and any school administrators. They are all afraid to make a decision to even do what they feel is right for fear of a lawsuit....from parents who don't handle problems at home. Bring back authority for the people who have our kids all day so they can demand the respect they deserve. If they could actually enforce rules? I don't think there would be so many problems and kids will get the message. I'm not a teacher and I don't know any but for what they put up with? They should be paid more and t
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedApril 4th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 2100?

This bill — the Safe to Tell Act of 2019 — would create a $25 million annual grant program to help states develop systems allowing people to anonymously report potential threats to schools. These systems could include telephone hotlines, mobile applications, or websites. This grant program would run from FY 2020 through FY 2024, and it would be administered by the Attorney General.

Impact

Schools; school safety; school shootings; threat reporting; states; and the Attorney General.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2100

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Jim Himes (D-CT) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to promote the creation of anonymous school threat reporting programs in the states:

“Too often, in the wake of a school shooting, we look back at the behavior of the killer and see that there were warning signs that went unreported. People notice things that don’t seem quite right, or that put them on edge, but don’t know how or where to report it. The Safe to Tell Act creates ways for people to share their concerns of potential threats and educates the public and law enforcement on how to report. Earlier warning and better reporting will save lives.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) adds:

“The Safe to Tell Act will create a safe, uniformed, and simple method for individuals to report probable threats to schools. It will also serve as a preventative measure and will provide means to relay information anonymously and effectively so that officials can take action before any harm is done. Keeping schools safe is a top priority for me and my colleagues, and we believe that the Safe to Tell Act is an important step in the right direction.”

Student pranksters have occasionally abused Safe2Tell programs. In late 2018, a high school student in Colorado was charged on suspicion of false reporting an explosive device and interference with an educational institution in the wake of concocted bomb and shooting threats reported through the Safe2Tell system.

This bill has two Republican cosponsors in the 116th Congress. Last Congress, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) introduced this bill with the support of 10 bipartisan cosponsors, including seven Republicans and three Democrats, and it didn’t see committee action.


Of Note: The “Safe2Tell” program began in Colorado (the home state of this bill’s original sponsor last Congress, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)). Colorado’s threat reporting program was adopted in part as a response to the Columbine High School shooting. Since then, many states have adopted similar programs or explored adopting one.

Colorado’s Safe2Tell program was credited with averting a mass shooting at a Castle Rock, Colorado school. Working off an anonymous tip in December 2016, local law enforcement preempted the threat to the high school and arrested the responsible students in early 2017, saving lives.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / fizkes)

AKA

Safe to Tell Act of 2019

Official Title

To promote the creation of State anonymous school threat reporting programs, and for other purposes.

    No! All of us should not be required to fund yet another "idea" that someone has come up with. Schools, independently, should be able to come up with solutions to not only protect students, but to be aware of problems. I think we have taken away all of the authority from teachers, principals and any school administrators. They are all afraid to make a decision to even do what they feel is right for fear of a lawsuit....from parents who don't handle problems at home. Bring back authority for the people who have our kids all day so they can demand the respect they deserve. If they could actually enforce rules? I don't think there would be so many problems and kids will get the message. I'm not a teacher and I don't know any but for what they put up with? They should be paid more and t
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    I do agree with this totally, but I can see why people also don't like this idea. There are to many instances where children have posted false shooting threats and there is no for sure way to know that students wont do the same with this. But for the people who don't want to be scared that their identity would be put out there then I agree with this!
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