Diaz-Balart, Himes, Gonzalez to Introduce the Safe to Tell Act
WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Representative Jim Himes (CT-04), along with Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) and Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16), introduced the Safe to Tell Act. The bill creates a grant program for states to develop systems, such as telephone hotlines, mobile applications, or websites that allow people to anonymously report potential threats to schools.
“The Safe to Tell Act will create a safe, uniformed, and simple method for individuals to report probable threats to schools,” said Diaz-Balart. “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.”
“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,” said Himes. “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.”
“School safety needs to be a top priority in our country, and that means taking action to stop school violence before it starts. This bill will enable states to create individualized systems that work for each of our unique communities to keep our children safe and encourage reporting and proper follow up for potential threats. I am proud to be a part of this legislation and look forward to working with my colleagues to get it across the finish line,” said Rep. Gonzalez.