The Safe2Tell Hotline – developed in response to recommendations from the Columbine Commission’s report and The Trust’s Safe Communities~Safe Schools initiative – provides students in all Colorado schools an increased ability to both prevent and report instances that compromise their health, safety and well-being by making anonymous calls to 1-877-542-SAFE. Last year, as a result of calls made to the Safe2Tell Hotline, law enforcement, mental health counselors and school personnel intervened in over 400 instances, including interventions that directly resulted in the prevention of 41 suicides, recovery of 54 weapons, response to 62 substance abuse calls and 19 threats of planned school attacks.
In 2007, The Colorado Trust’s first annual John R. Moran, Jr. Grantee Leadership Award was awarded to the Safe2Tell program. The $25,000 award – created in honor of The Trust’s former, long-time CEO – recognizes exemplary leadership by a current Trust grantee. In presenting the award, Trust CEO Irene M. Ibarra noted that, “Not only has this small, but powerful organization averted and resolved numerous violent situations across Colorado, school administrators and law enforcement officials in over a dozen other states also are looking at how to replicate early successes of the Safe2Tell program.” The presentation of the award was made during a ceremony at the State Capitol when Governor Ritter signed into law Senate Bill 07-197, which guarantees the anonymity of callers to the Safe2Tell Hotline.
FEATURED GRANTEE: Brush High School
Paying it Forward
A gaggle of girls, who used to be her friends, shut her out. In the hallways, instead of greeting her warmly like they once had, they shot her stinging glances. Her cell phone rang constantly, but the callers always hung up.