Senators Art Haywood and Tracy Pennycuick introduce Alyssa’s Law

Senator Art Haywood

Harrisburg, PAMay 13, 2024 – Pennsylvania State Senators Art Haywood (D-4) and Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) have introduced legislation known as Alyssa’s Law. This legislation addresses the issue of law enforcement response time when a life-threatening emergency occurs at a school. The bill requires all public schools to be equipped with silent panic alarms that will promptly notify law enforcement in the event of a school emergency. This law is of utmost importance as it allows school authorities to take proactive measures that could potentially save lives during emergencies.

Alyssa’s Law is named in honor of Alyssa Alhadeff, one of the victims of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Thanks to the tireless advocacy of Alyssa’s family and their organization, Make Our Schools Safe, Alyssa’s Law has been signed into law in five other states and is being worked on in several other states.

Senators Haywood and Pennycuick hope this legislation will pass the General Assembly quickly, ultimately improving emergency response protocols within schools across the Commonwealth and ensuring our students are protected during life-threatening emergencies.

“This legislation is a critical step toward ensuring the safety of the Commonwealth’s students,” said Senator Haywood. “Installing panic buttons in schools provides a direct connection to local law enforcement, allowing police to respond more quickly in the event of an emergency. I am hopeful that Pennsylvania will soon join the growing list of states that have implemented this common sense and lifesaving measure.”

“When a dangerous incident occurs on school grounds, the fastest response possible can save lives,” said Senator Pennycuick. “We owe it to our children and teachers to use every method available to give them the best chance to get through these emergencies unscathed.”

“Today we are one step closer to finally bringing America’s students home. Pennsylvania is proving itself to be a leader in school safety with this legislation,” said Lori Alhadeff, co-founder of MOSS and mother of Alyssa Alhadeff, a victim of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooting in Parkland, Florida. “If my daughter’s school had panic alarms in the classroom, Alyssa might still be here today.

Jaidyn Turner, Alyssa Alhadeff’s cousin, added: “If we can save one life by passing Alyssa’s Law, it will have been worth it because students deserve to go to school every day and know that they are safe no matter what situation arises.”