Penn Manor School District will soon be participating in a new statewide effort to prevent school violence called “Safe2Say Something.”
The program enables students and staff to anonymously report information about individuals they suspect may be about to hurt themselves or others via a phone app, website or 24-hour crisis center.
Trained “Safe2 Say” staffers will review the tips and immediately contact school officials and, if necessary, law enforcement, to respond to the information they receive.
Penn Manor has established a team of school staff members to respond to tips. In addition, students and staff will receive training on reporting tips and identifying behaviors that could indicate a student is intent on causing harm.
The state Attorney General’s Office has partnered with Sandy Hook Promise, a national nonprofit committed to creating safe schools and communities, to run “Safe2Say,” which is designed to prevent violent acts, rather than respond to them.
“Penn Manor encourages students to be responsible reporters if they hear something that could impact the safety of our school community,” said Superintendent Mike Leichliter. “We welcome the additional resources that are provided through this program.”
Penn Manor will share additional information on “Safe2Say” when the program is implemented later this month.