A Senate committee Tuesday agreed to set up a statewide hotline where students and others can anonymously report dangerous activities and threats, Capitol Media Services reports.
The “Safe to Tell” program, which has been adopted in other states, provides a central point and a single phone number or cell phone application to gather intelligence on what is happening in schools, a junior high student told the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich has offered to house the program, a legislator said.
Capitol Media Services reports Rep. Paul Boyer (R-Phoenix) acknowledged there’s at least one more change that needs to be made to the bill. He said it needs some sort of language to prevent slander lawsuits to be filed against those who make reports if their identities are ever disclosed.
The bill stands currently calls for $400,000 to set it up, and Boyer said there should be some federal dollars available.