House supports ‘Safe2Say Something Week’

The purpose is to shed light on the Safe2Say Program, which was co-authored by Rep. Frank Farry and advances school safety

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recently joined the fight to advance school safety by adopting House Resolution 488, said Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), who authored the measure.

The resolution declares the week of Sept. 23-29 as “Safe2Say Something Week” in Pennsylvania.

Farry co-authored the Safe2Say Program, which became Act 44 in 2018, and is overseen by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Individuals are educated on warning signs or possible threats, and how to report those concerns through the Safe2Say Program. The program is available 24/7 and has received more than 23,490 reports since Jan 1, 2019. Reports include bullying, self-harm, suicidal intentions, depression and anxiety.

Students, school officials and others can visit safe2saypa.org to learn more about this new school safety initiative. They can also call 1-844-Saf2Say (844-723-2729) to report information.

“To keep our communities safe, we not only need to educate others about warning signs, but also highlight how important speaking up can be,” Farry said. “‘Safe2Say Something Week’ will help bring awareness to this important program.”

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted House Resolution 488.