Safe2Tell reports increase 3% in October according to monthly report
Nov. 8, 2022 (DENVER) — Safe2Tell report volume increased 3% last month when compared to September, according to the monthly report released today.
In October, the program received 2,084 reports. Suicide threats (265), school complaints (178), and bullying (171) were among the top categories of reports. To date for the 2022-2023 school year, Safe2Tell has received 5,180 reports.
“As our report examples demonstrate this month, speaking up can prevent harm and help protect our communities,” said Attorney General Phil Weiser. “By courageously looking out for our neighbors we can continue to keep Colorado students safe.”
In this school year, false reports are 2.4% of all reports submitted to Safe2Tell. False reports are those that contain untrue information and are submitted with the intent to harm, injure, or bully another person.
In October, anonymous reports from students and other individuals successfully helped protect students’ safety. For example:
- A person reported that a student was sharing pictures of a gun on social media and threatening to harm other students. Local teams investigated and took the student into custody.
- A person reported that a student was depressed, experiencing thoughts of suicide, and that the student was going to run away. Local teams conducted a welfare check and transported the student to the hospital.
The following is an example of unintentional misuse of the program:
- A person reported that an individual who appeared to be on drugs was walking outdoors and screaming. This concern was forwarded to the appropriate personnel, and the reporting party was encouraged to contact their local law enforcement in the future.
Safe2Tell is a successful violence intervention and prevention program for students to anonymously report threats to their own, and others’, safety. Safe2Tell is not an emergency response unit nor mental health counseling service provider; it is an information pathway for distributing anonymous reports to local law enforcement and school officials pursuant to state law.
To make a report, individuals can call 1-877-542-7233 from anywhere, at any time. Reports also can be made at Safe2Tell.org or through the Safe2Tell mobile app which is available on the Apple App Store or Google Play.