From the October Newsletter: Safe2Tell making a difference

From the October Newsletter: Safe2Tell making a difference
Posted on 10/20/2017

From helping law enforcement intervene when a threat is made against a school to finding students the help they need when they are depressed or feeling suicidal, Safe2Tell reports are saving lives in Mesa County.

Safe2Tell is a statewide service that allows people to anonymously report a variety of things – from violence to bullying to mental health concerns – through a hotline, website, or mobile app. The app is available for free download from the Apple and GooglePlay app stores and allows users to text anonymously with experienced dispatchers.

Safe2Tell has existed in Colorado for nearly a decade. However, it wasn’t widely used locally until School District 51 did a big publicity push in March, placing Safe2Tell posters all over middle and high school walls and bathroom stalls; handing out Safe2Tell cards, bookmarks, and magnets to students; and talking about Safe2Tell in the media, on Facebook, and in newsletters.

The goal of getting the word out about Safe2Tell in March was to have a reliable, student-friendly reporting system in place for students to stay in touch with their schools and law enforcement before they left school for a week during Spring Break. Since March, D51 students have used Safe2Tell both when school is in session and when it’s not, sending 195 Safe2Tell tips. Those tips include:

  • 46 suicide threats,
  • 35 bullying reports,
  • 21 cutting reports,
  • 19 reports of drug use,
  • 17 depression reports, and
  • 2 reports of planned school attacks.

All reports are investigated and prompt law enforcement and school officials to intervene.

A lot happens when a report is sent to Safe2Tell. First, reports from all across Colorado go to a state patrol dispatch center in Pueblo 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The reports are sorted and sent immediately to law enforcement and school district security personnel in the town where the report originates. Principals at schools related to a report are also notified. Law enforcement responds to the most urgent calls, such as a fight in progress, while school administration and security focus on less time-sensitive reports.

Safe2Tell is geared toward students, but anyone can use it. Call 1-877-542-7233, visit www.safe2tell.org, or download the free app for Apple or Android phone. Reports can also be made to school resource officers, any trusted adults, or Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP or www.241stop.com.

Make a Safe2Tell report

How to Report:

·         Call 1-877-542-7233

·         Visit Safe2tell.org

·         Download the app from:

o    Apple App Store

o    GooglePlay Store

 

What You Can Report:

•           Alcohol

•           Animal Cruelty

•           Assault

•           Bullying

•           Cheating

•           Child Abuse

•           Ditching

•           Domestic Violence

•           Drugs

•           Explosives

•           Fighting

•           Fire Starting

•           Gangs

•           Guns

•           Harassment

•           Hit Lists

•           Knives

•           Planned Fights

•           Planned Parties

•           School Threats

•           Sexual Assault

•           Sexual Misconduct

•           Stalking

•           Stealing

•           Suicide Threats

•           Teasing

•           Threats

•           Vandalism


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