Tips key to keeping schools safe, authorities say

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GRAND JUNCTION, CO (KKCO/KJCT) -- In the wake of a school shooting in Florida, many people are wondering how to keep school's safe.

Local authorities say the key to school safety is tips.

Police said students who came forward helped to prevent a potentially dangerous situation at Grand Junction High School last week.

"A big part of the reason why we didn't have more of a problem there is because we had someone who was willing to step forward and tell us about what was going on," said Mike Nordine, the interim chief of Police at the Grand Junction Police Department.

No matter how little the threat may seem, police say they will investigate every single one.

"We are using a lot of resources to investigate these matters but that is something we are perfectly willing to do," said Daniel Rubinstein, the Mesa County District Attorney.

There are many ways to report possible threats but School District 51 says the most popular is Safe2Tell.

"That platform is really a safe way for kids to be able to talk to adults even when they're nervous to talk to adults," said Kati Garner, the D-51 mental health and crisis coordinator.

You can submit a tip at, by calling 1-877-542-7233 or you can download the Safe2Tell app.

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