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State Bill hopes to stop school shootings before they happen

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OLYMPIA, WA. -- School shootings are a tragedy that much of America has become too familiar with over the last few years. A new state bill hopes to help stop local school shootings before they happen.

House Bill 2823 would create an anonymous tip line so Washington students can report a threat that they hear or see, hopefully alerting authorities before a school shooting happens. 

Just in the last year alone, the Northwest had two very high profile school shootings at Marysville Pilchuck High School and at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. 

The new bill would create what's called a Safe2Tell program. Already implemented in Colorado, Safe2Tell is a smart phone app where students can not only report a potential gun threat, but also dozens of other issues such as bullying. 

The bill's sponsor is a representative from Spokane, Kevin Parker. Parker takes this issue very personally because he was inside Columbine High School as a Young Life volunteer during the infamous Columbine Shooting in 1999. 

"(The Safe2Tell program has) been working in Colorado, it's been working for the last 9 years," Parker said. "So this is something that we're working on now in the state of Washington. And you're also going to see other states working on it too. I know Oregon and Nevada are also looking at other legislation."

A trained worker would get the tip and pass it on to the right authorities to intervene. Hopefully before anyone gets hurt. 

The bill still has to pass the house before it can get to the senate for a vote. Overall, the program would cost the state $500,000.