DENVER — Safe2Tell Colorado, a tip line for students to report threats and more, has received an increase of reports in 2018. This includes 55 reports of a planned school attack.
In January, Safe2Tell received 1,321 reports, an increase of 68 percent compared to January 2017.
Most of the reports were about suicide, drugs and bullying. But Safe2Tell also received 33 reports of threats and 14 reports of guns.
In the 24 hours since the school shooting in Florida, Safe2Tell has received 126 reports about a variety of topics, including school violence.
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman’s office spends about $550,000 to operate Safe2Tell every year.
She said the program has stopped a number of planned school shootings.
“We find out that a student has a gun and they are planning on bringing it school,” Coffman said. “Or they have explosives at home and plan on doing something with them. We get kids in every phase of planning an attack.”
Coffman said her office also received tips of students with guns and a hit list.
Safe2Tell began in 2004 and provides students and others an anonymous way to make reports about school violence, threats, suicide and more.
Its leaders tell students to trust their gut and report anything out of the ordinary, no matter how small or trivial it might seem.
If the tip turns out to be about something benign, no one gets in trouble.
The reports can be made by calling 1-877-542-7233, filling out a form online or downloading an app.
Many students and school staff members have this information on the back of their identification cards.
The Colorado State Patrol receives every report, then passes it along to local law enforcement, the school in question and school district affected.