DENVER (AP) – A panel of Colorado lawmakers has unanimously voted to support a school safety hotline, citing Thursday’s threats to Columbine High School as evidence the program is crucial.

The Senate Education Committee voted 6-0 Thursday on a bill to spend about $250,000 shoring up the Safe2Tell hotline. That’s an anonymous threat-gathering system created in 2004 for students and teachers to report threats and bullying.

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State officials say the hotline has prevented more than two dozen school attacks since its creation in 2004.

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The vote came hours after Columbine went on high security alert after receiving a series of threatening phone calls. No one was hurt.

LINKS: Senate Bill 2 | Safe 2 Tell

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