Student safety hotline funding before lawmakers

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

DENVER, Colo. (AP) - Colorado lawmakers are starting work on a school safety measure with broad support for more funding for a safety hotline.

The Senate Education Committee votes Thursday on a bill to spend about $250,000 shoring up the Safe2Tell hotline. It's an anonymous threat-gathering system created in 2004 for students and teachers to report threats and bullying.

State officials say the hotline has prevented more than two dozen school attacks since its creation.

The hotline was a recommendation of the Columbine Commission, a state panel that reviewed school safety after the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School.

Sponsors from both parties say the hotline should be funded by the state and not subject to annual donations to keep the program afloat.

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