U.S. Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO) and James Himes (D-CT) introduced, H.R. 6713, the ‘Safe to Tell Act of 2018’. The legislation, if enacted, will provide federal grants to states that choose to establish and maintain an anonymous, 24/7 monitored venue to alert law enforcement about potential threats of violence at schools.
The legislation would require those states seeking a grant to present a framework in which parents, students, teachers, and school administrators can effectively and efficiently share information regarding potential threats with law enforcement and school safety officials. The legislation is intended to encourage states to establish programs similar to the highly successful Colorado ‘Safe2Tell’ program, pioneered after the shootings at Columbine High School in 1999.