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house Bill H.R. 2100

Should the Feds Give States Grant Money to Create Anonymous School Threat Reporting Systems?

Argument in favor

Ahead of school shootings, there are sometimes warning signs that go unreported. Creating anonymous tip lines for people to report potential red flags will help keep schools and students safe.

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08/14/2019
Or you know, gun safety laws. But since we can’t acknowledge the fact that more guns equal more gun deaths, let’s spend massive amounts of $$ whiffing around with other fluff to create the illusion of safety. Yeah, good plan. Please ignore the stomach cancer, doc, I just need a antacid. It’s fine. Really. 🙄
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verymary's Opinion
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08/14/2019
A warning system won't cure the sickness of America's unhealthy romance with guns, but I'm in favor of anything that could catch a disaster before it started.
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KyleCorley's Opinion
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08/14/2019
Look a few bad apples will take make prank the system, but having pranks can be fixed by having rules in place to punish those individuals. All threats should be taken serious to prevent enough school shooting.
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Argument opposed

Safe2Tell’s anonymity can be abused by student pranksters or those seeking to cause disruption. Additionally, many states have already invested in these programs on their own so federal action may not be needed.

Heidi's Opinion
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08/13/2019
STOP spending money on everything BUT the OBVIOUS answer!! You can have as many active shooter videos, reporting systems and useless bandaids as you want. NONE of it matters until meaningful gun reform is passed. Only in America would u pay actors to act in a video about how to avoid getting shot instead of PREVENTING it!!!!!!!!!
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Nick-Papagiorgio's Opinion
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08/13/2019
Why are we so desperately seeking solutions beyond the one we KNOW works?
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Carmine's Opinion
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08/14/2019
Twenty five million is way too much money. All you have to do is call the local police department & request to be anonymous. This is a blatant waste of tax payer dollars. These monies could be used to curb an opioid crisis & dumping of chineese goods into our country. To keep manufacturers open in America instead of sending our jobs over seas!
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What is House Bill H.R. 2100?

This bill — the Safe to Tell Act of 2019 — would create a $25 million annual grant program to help states develop systems allowing people to anonymously report potential threats to schools. These systems could include telephone hotlines, mobile applications, or websites. This grant program would run from FY 2020 through FY 2024, and it would be administered by the Attorney General.

Impact

Schools; school safety; school shootings; threat reporting; states; and the Attorney General.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2100

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. 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.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

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AKA

Safe to Tell Act of 2019

Official Title

To promote the creation of State anonymous school threat reporting programs, and for other purposes.

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  • Not enacted
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedApril 4th, 2019
    Or you know, gun safety laws. But since we can’t acknowledge the fact that more guns equal more gun deaths, let’s spend massive amounts of $$ whiffing around with other fluff to create the illusion of safety. Yeah, good plan. Please ignore the stomach cancer, doc, I just need a antacid. It’s fine. Really. 🙄
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    STOP spending money on everything BUT the OBVIOUS answer!! You can have as many active shooter videos, reporting systems and useless bandaids as you want. NONE of it matters until meaningful gun reform is passed. Only in America would u pay actors to act in a video about how to avoid getting shot instead of PREVENTING it!!!!!!!!!
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    Why are we so desperately seeking solutions beyond the one we KNOW works?
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    Twenty five million is way too much money. All you have to do is call the local police department & request to be anonymous. This is a blatant waste of tax payer dollars. These monies could be used to curb an opioid crisis & dumping of chineese goods into our country. To keep manufacturers open in America instead of sending our jobs over seas!
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    Stop wasting money. Abolish the department of education, allow the states to manage their own schools.
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    Eliminate the real issue assault rifles, high-capacity magazine’s, insufficient background checks that don’t check across state lines non-existent red flag laws required annual evaluation’s. We should do everything to protect humans while lessening the rights of guns. The constitution was written to protect people not weapons used to kill people.
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    At one time in the distant past, I would have agreed with this idea. However, liberals have poisoned three well with their bigotry about the rest of us to create narratives that we are racist white supremacist Nazi homophobes who are a danger to humanity. They can’t be trusted not to abuse an anonymous reporting system, they will abuse it under the guise of their sanctimonious narratives.
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    I don’t trust the current Attorney General to administrate this. Can an independent non government entity - completely separate from trump and trump’s corrupt criminal regime- be in charge? Then I would be supporting it.
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    Can we please spend this money on gun reform legislation instead?
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    No. There are already anonymous tip lines.
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    There should be a federal program to address this issue, rather than develop 1,000 different programs in different cities and school districts, etc. We need more centralized data centers that share information nationally, as necessary.
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    Look a few bad apples will take make prank the system, but having pranks can be fixed by having rules in place to punish those individuals. All threats should be taken serious to prevent enough school shooting.
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    No, call the police if you have a concern.
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    no more money you leeches
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    A warning system won't cure the sickness of America's unhealthy romance with guns, but I'm in favor of anything that could catch a disaster before it started.
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    We don’t need an anonymous hotline for school threats. We need gun control heightened. Right idea, wrong solution.
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    This should not require federal money.
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    Not only is this not included as one of the enumerated rights, where does everyone think all this federal money is coming from???
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    Stupid! Another waste of time.
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    Why deal with the symptoms instead of the core problem? This is a human heart issue which can only be fixed spiritually! Restore the fear of the Lord in the classroom. Repost the 10 Commandments and restore Bible study in the classroom. This is a Christian Nation and until hearts return to accepting Jesus as our Redeemer and Savior, the chaos will grow worse.
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