What is House Bill H.R. 2100?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 2100
In-Depth: Rep. 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.
Summary by Lorelei Yang(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / fizkes)
Safe to Tell Act of 2019
To promote the creation of State anonymous school threat reporting programs, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on the JudiciaryCrime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityIntroducedApril 4th, 2019
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