DENVER—Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced the launch of the Safe2Tell Education Toolkits. Available now for download, the toolkits provide Colorado students with age-appropriate resources to report school-safety concerns and showcase how Safe2Tell can help. Designed specifically for adoption by elementary schools and middle/high schools, the two toolkits provide educational resources that help students anonymously report any threatening behavior that endangers them, their friends, family, or community. \
“We are responding to Colorado’s education community by rolling out these toolkits that speak directly to students about the necessity of reporting safety concerns and the resources the Safe2Tell program offers,” said Attorney General Suthers. “Last year, 3,178 Safe2Tell reports were responded to by school officials and law enforcement to intervene and prevent violence. We hope to increase awareness with the launch of these toolkits.”
The two toolkits include age-appropriate videos; a classroom discussion guide that provides an activity framework; an information letter for parents/guardians designed to help them effectively advocate for their student; a pledge form that students can sign to confirm their commitment to safer schools and creating a culture of climate that respect and trust, in addition to other items.
“The new toolkit provides a tangible resource to Colorado educators to have a guided conversation with students promoting the message to students of what to watch for, what to look for, what not to ignore,” said Susan Payne, Director of Safe2Tell. "The impact and growth of reports to Safe2Tell has gone up significantly each year and we are inspired every day that young people have the courage to speak up when a friend needs help. Last year our highest category of reports was suicide interventions, followed by bullying and substance abuse."
October is Safe Schools Month which allows schools, organizations and communities to emphasize the importance of safer schools and communities by focusing on issues that have a direct effect on the safety of our schools. The Safe2Tell Education Toolkit rolls out in time for Colorado educators to use it as part of their dialogue on safety. As a result of bi-partisan legislation, Safe2Tell moved to the Colorado Attorney General's Office after the last legislative session.
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