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Oct 18, 2010 6:41 PM by John Romero

Pilot program looks to texts for student help

There's no way around it, bullying is happening in our schools. But a new pilot program aims to put a stop to it one text message at a time. It's called Safe 2 Text and works just as Safe 2 Tell does. In addition to reporting a school threat via a call or by computer, organizers are hoping kids will also utilize text messaging. "It's the ability to text in your information." explains Susan Payne with Safe 2 Tell "You could upload photos, video and have two way dialogue that anonymous."

There's little doubt about the popularity of texting. A new study from Nielsen shows that the average teen sends more than 3,000 texts a month. Safe 2 Text's main goal is to empower kids to take a role in their own safety. It seems to be working after only being around 8 weeks as a pilot program in Jefferson County. "It has been extremely successful in the fact that we've prevented suicides and threats throughout schools." says Payne, "We've responded to those and several drug cases."

While still in its infancy, the hopes are to bring the program to Southern Colorado by next year. "With this pilot project I think we're going to be able to prove its success and then we're just going to have to identify what resources we have available." says Payne.

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