Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Safe2Tell breaks July record for number of student reports

Posted By on Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 5:01 PM

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Safe2Tell Colorado, a platform through which students can submit anonymous tips to law enforcement, received a record number of submissions for the month of July.

According to a statement from the Colorado attorney general’s office, Safe2Tell normally receives far fewer tips during the summer months, when students aren’t in school. But this July’s totals represented an 81 percent increase over July 2018.

“This past school year, Colorado was forced to reflect on past incidents of school violence while grappling with unexpected threats and tragedies,” said Attorney General Phil Weiser, who was quoted in the statement. “Safe2Tell data mirrored this reality with significant increases in overall tips and duplicate tips.”

About one-fifth of July’s 551 tips were reports of suicide threats, according to Safe2Tell’s monthly report. Another 11 percent involved drugs, and 5 percent reported cyberbullying.

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