Dear Parents and Guardians,
The Sandy Hook Promise and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General have partnered to roll out the Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System. The program allows individuals to submit secure and anonymous safety concerns to a call center to help school officials and/or local law enforcement to identify and intervene when unsafe and/or harmful behaviors take place. Through this partnership, Sandy Hook Promise will help the Office of Attorney General to onboard over 500 school districts across the state.
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 the Attorney General. The call center will process and refer each tip to the appropriate school teams and law enforcement according to the level of threat.
The purpose of this program is to empower students to report their concerns and intervene before a crisis occurs. With this launch, the Marple Newtown School District will train students in grade 6-12 on how to recognize at-risk behaviors and take action to help someone by submitting a tip anonymously. With Safe2Say Something, students and parents can be confident that the Attorney General's call center will immediately process all tips and refer them on to school teams and local law enforcement, so no one is overlooked.
The Marple Newtown School District has a team of five administrators who have received training:
Mr. Barry Williams, Director of Safety
Mr. John Beltrante, Principal of MNHS
Dr. Tina Kane, Principal of PHMS
Dr. Gerald Rodichok, Director of Pupil Services
Dr. Constance Bompadre, Assistant Superintendent
As we have learned, in a majority of violence and victimization acts, there are warning signs. Most mass shootings are planned for 6 months or more. 80% of school shooters tell someone of their violent plans, and 69% tell more than one person. Up to 70% of people who commit suicide tell someone their plans or give some other warning sign. 37% of threats of violence and bullying are sent electronically. Youth display at-risk behaviors between the ages of
13 to 17.
The Safe2Say program will launch January 14, 2019. Our goal is to have our students in grade 6-12 trained before that date. For further information and clarification, we have posted a question and answer document on our website. Beginning on January 14th, the district will post to our website a tutorial on how to submit a concern.
Even though we have this new avenue to share information, please know that your child still may seek help directly from teachers, guidance counselors and administrators. If you have any questions or concerns about the Safe2Say Something program, please contact one of the team members listed above.
Constance E. Bompadre, Ed.D.