District ramps up Safe 2 Tell program

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Safe 2 Tell is an app for kids who face a lot issues at school, and don't want to tell an adult.

Counselors are ramping up efforts to spread the word with posters around District 51, and they're handing out cards with information.

Students can report bullying, threats, self-harm, depression and suicide, stealing, weapons, fighting, drugs, sexting, cyberbulling and threats.

The tips are anonymously reported to school authorities, without social repercussions for the student.

One school counselor said she hopes this will encourage more students to come forward.

“I would love for them to come talk to me or any of the other counselors, but sometimes kids are intimidated by adults. This really allows them to be that preventative measure for their friends and be able to feel comfortable saying my friend needs help,” said Kati Garner a Grand Junction High School counselor.

Next month, a national representative with Safe 2 Tell will be training District 51 teachers and parents on how to better talk to students about tough topics.

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