Safe2Say Something

UPDATED: March 20, 2019

Safe2Say Something is one element of PA Act 44, which was passed in June 2018. 

PA Act 44

PA Act 44 in general provides funding for safety-related initiatives in schools and mandates certain requirements. Participation in Safe2Say Something is mandated; all schools in the state must provide training on this youth violence prevention program. PA Act 44 was effective immediately upon signing on June 22, 2018. It was seen as a reaction, in particular, to the Parkland, Florida school shooting in February 2018.

What is Safe2Say Something?

Administered by the Office of the Attorney General and in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise, Safe2Say Something trains students and adults in middle and high school environments to report worrisome or threatening behavior anonymously to a 24/7 "tip line". Trained staff monitoring the "tip line" will assess the reports and communicate back to school and local law enforcement. Trained school team members and local law enforcement together will decide how to react/proceed.

Why this type of program?

  • 37% of threats of violence and bullying are sent electronically; 28% over social media

  • 80% of school shooters told someone of their plans; 59% told more than one person

  • Most mass shootings are planned for more than six months

  • 70% of people who complete suicide tell someone of their plans or give some other warning sign

  • Teenagers display/present at-risk behaviors between the ages of 13-17

    • S2SS creates opportunities for early identification and intervention​

Students will be trained to recognize signs and signals (especially within social media) and will have the opportunity to interact with a trained responder who is conduction a two-way anonymous dialog to capture as much information as possible. 

How Will it Work?

Safe2Say something has an app to download on a smartphone, a website, and a 24/7 hotline : 1-844-SAF2SAY

- Trained S2SS staff in Harrisburg will triage a call (or report on the app or website) as "life-safety" or "non-life safety"

- If "life-safety", within 1-3 minutes, S2SS will notify

  1. The school team via text, email and/or phone and
  2. County 911 dispatch, who will notify local police.
    1. The school and the police, following their plan, will decide next steps
  • - If "non life-safety", S2SS will notify just the school between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily
    • - The school may still want to notify police​

HERE IS A LINK FOR A LIST ON LIFE-SAFETY VS. NON LIFE-SAFETY ALERTS

False Reports

Penalty - A person commits a misdemeanor of the third degree if the person knowingly or intentionally makes a false report to the program

Student Records - If a report filed with the program is determined to be a false report, inforomation about the subject of the false report shall not be made part of the subject student's record

Contact us:

513 Montgomery Avenue, Merion Station, PA 19066 
t. 610-664-9847 
driving directions

Copyright © . Waldron Mercy Academy. All Rights Reserved.