Feb 7, 2011 8:29 PM by John Romero
Safe 2 Tell, a popular school resource designed to keep your students safe may hit the financial chopping block. The program has been in Colorado schools since 2004. Through its website, phone number and text system, students can anonymously report problems at school ranging from bullying and drug use to suicide threats and child abuse.
The popularity of the program in Colorado schools has boomed since 2004. "It has grown tremendously throughout the state of Colorado." explains Payne,"We've seen a 500% increase each year in the number of reports state wide." With that growth comes the need for more money. The bottom line right now is that Safe 2 Tell doesn't have it. "At this point we're finding that some of those grants have dried up and the economy has made all of us suffer "says Payne, "We are at the point however that we have to decide how we fund it. If we were unable to do that then Safe 2 Tell would go away."
Larry Borland, the Chief of Safety and Transportation for School District 20 says Safe 2 Tell is integral to the districts safety program. "If we find out about something that's going to occur before it occurs and we're able to intervene in it, obviously that's better for everybody involved." he says.
Since 2005 Safe 2 Tell has helped prevent more than 300 teen suicides and over 700 cases of school bullying. Borland hopes corporate sponsors and the schools themselves can step up to save the program before it becomes just another budget cut. "Because we are the home of Columbine, because we are the home of Platte Canyon, Colorado ought to be leading the nation (for this type of program)." he says.