Safe2Tell report shows slight increase in reports in April
Safe2Tell program launches updated website for ease of access
May 10, 2022 (DENVER)—Safe2Tell report volume slightly increased last month when compared to March, according to the monthly report released today. The program also today launched an update to its website, Safe2Tell.org, allowing Colorado residents to access vital information and submit urgent reports more easily.
In April, the program received 1,917 reports, a 4% increase in monthly report volume compared to March 2022. To date for the 2021-22 school year, Safe2Tell has received 16,726 reports. Suicide threats (239), bullying (174) and drugs (141) were the top categories of reports in April.
“May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and in Colorado we know that our young people are continuing to face unprecedented challenges,” said Attorney General Phil Weiser. “That is why speaking up about safety concerns is vital. Anyone can submit an urgent safety concern report to Safe2Tell, or if you are in need of counseling services, call Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-8255 or go to imattercolorado.org.”
In this school year, false reports are 2.1% 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 April, anonymous reports from students and other individuals successfully helped protect students’ safety. For example:
- A student reported another student threatening the school. Local teams found that the student was carrying an illegal weapon. The student was charged with possessing an illegal weapon and local teams are conducting a threat assessment.
- A person reported that a student was making suicide threats. Local teams conducted a welfare check and found that the student was not suicidal.
The following is an example of unintentional misuse of the program:
- A person reported their concerns regarding the treatment of someone living in a nursing home. This person 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 a conduit of information 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, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 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.
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