Safe2Tell report shows slight decrease in reports in May
June 14, 2022 (DENVER)—Safe2Tell report volume slightly decreased last month when compared to April, according to the monthly report released today.
In May, the program received 1,839 reports, a 4% decrease in monthly report volume compared to April 2022. To date for the 2021-22 school year, Safe2Tell has received 18,565 reports. Suicide threats (205), bullying (142) and drugs (129) were the top categories of reports in May.
“Reports to Safe2Tell typically decline when Colorado youth are no longer in their school buildings, but this month’s report examples demonstrate that we all need to look out for each other,” Safe2Tell Director Stacey Jenkins said. “Student harm and neglect can sometimes be caught by others who know the signs, and Safe2Tell is available for urgent safety reports 24-hours a day, throughout the year.”
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 May, anonymous reports from students and other individuals successfully helped protect students’ safety. For example:
- A student reported that another student was harming themselves. Local teams conducted a welfare check and the student was connected with their therapist.
- A person reported that a student was being neglected by their parent. Local teams contacted the Department of Human Services to investigate.
The following is an example of unintentional misuse of the program:
- A person reported their concerns regarding school safety and the current security measures of their child’s school. This person was encouraged to contact their local school or school district 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.
Learn the signs of child abuse and neglect from the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect hotline.