Colo. Attorney General, D-51 push Safe 2 Tell app

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Students can anonymously report social, safety and serious issues to adults using the Safe 2 Tell program.

The program has been around since the Columbine High School shooting, but the app is fairly new.

In light of recent student suicides and school threats, the district held a meeting to get this resource into students' hands.

Statewide the number of what they call “suicide threat” reports have increased year after year, that number reached more than 1,000 just this school year.

Students face issues every day and bullying is just one of them.

"My nephew is subject to bulling on a daily basis,” said Stuart Chamovitz, an uncle of a middle school student. "It’s a dangerous situation and it is vital that these kids are able to reach out in any way possible."

Students can report issues from school threats, drug use and abuse to bullying, abuse, suicide and more. Reports can be made 24/7 and it's completely anonymous.

"Unfortunately there's a culture with teens that if you report anything you are a snitch,” said Katie Garner, a counselor at Grand Junction High School. "This gives them that platform they can really use, in order to make those report that they may not make otherwise.”

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman was at the Monday night’s meeting at the Mesa County Work Force center to back the app. Coffman said last year's tips on suicide exceeded any other category. District 51 lost two students just last week.

"As long as we have suicides among our school kids we need to do more," Coffman said. "They know when their friends are suffering; they are our eyes and ears. It’s not snitching to share a concern, that's saving a life and that a heroic thing to do."

Coffman believes the increase in bullying, depression and suicide is linked to social media.

“I don't think enough can be done, it's a high bar to set, but community outreach is the first step,” Chamovitz said.

The tips are immediately sent to school authorities and/or dispatch without social repercussions for the student.

There have been more than 27,000 reports in Colorado since the program started, and 6,000 of those since August 2016.

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