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Safe2Tell for Colorado Students

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08 09 S2t Ppt

  1. 1. “ Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ Stop it Before it Happens” </li></ul><ul><li>Attorney General’s Pro-Active Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence </li></ul><ul><li>Safe Communities ~ Safe Schools </li></ul><ul><li>The Colorado Trust Grant </li></ul><ul><li>The CO Dept. of Public Safety & CO State Patrol </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing Partnerships </li></ul>Historical Overview
  3. 3. Why We Are Making it Safe2Tell … April 20, 1999 14 Dead 23 Wounded
  4. 4. Secret Service Safe School Initiative Threat Assessment Study: In 81% of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone other than the attacker knew it was going to happen but failed to report it. “ As part of its protective responsibilities, the United States Secret Service has long held the view that the best protective strategy is prevention.” –
  5. 5. How Safe2Tell Works <ul><li>Students, parents or teachers call 1-877-542-SAFE </li></ul><ul><li>Calls answered 24/7 at Colorado State Patrol Communications Center </li></ul><ul><li>Anonymity preserved by state law and operational safeguards </li></ul><ul><li>Reports are forwarded to schools, law enforcement or both </li></ul><ul><li>All valid reports are investigated </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome responses tracked by Safe2Tell </li></ul>“ We would not have known about this incident without the information we received from Safe2Tell.” - School Counselor
  6. 6. How We Are Making it Safe2Tell Information Sharing is Required by CO State Law Accountability & Follow-Up Prevention Early Intervention Awareness Education & Training Schools Parents Law Community
  7. 7. Benefits of Safe2Tell <ul><li>Reduces Liability </li></ul><ul><li>Serves as a Deterrent </li></ul><ul><li>Not “If” – but “When” </li></ul><ul><li>Preparedness & Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence Based Programs </li></ul>
  8. 8. Cyber Bullying Escalates ….. Girls Record Brutal Attack On Teen To Allegedly Post On “YouTube” Once you send something out on the internet, you can never get it back
  9. 9. INTERNET SAFETY <ul><li>Chat Rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Text Message Chats </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Web Pages </li></ul><ul><li>Cell Phone Pics & Videos on You Tube </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Devices are Instant Media Exposure </li></ul>
  10. 10. Success Story: A forty-one year old sex offender is arrested when an anonymous report reveals he is posing as a 14 year old girl on the internet and arranging to meet young girls through poetry writing web-sites and on-line chats “ Silence doesn’t save lives … breaking the code of silence just might.”
  11. 11. Youth Suicide Statistics <ul><li>Nationally, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students and the 3rd leading cause of death among all youth 15–24 years old. </li></ul><ul><li>In Colorado, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among youth ages 10-24. </li></ul><ul><li>In the U.S., 20 % of high school students report having seriously considered suicide during the previous 12 months. </li></ul><ul><li>Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warnings. </li></ul>
  12. 12. SUICIDE WARNING SIGNS <ul><li>Abrupt changes in personality </li></ul><ul><li>Giving away possessions </li></ul><ul><li>Previous suicide attempt </li></ul><ul><li>Use of drugs and/or alcohol </li></ul><ul><li>Change in eating patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Change in sleeping patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Unwillingness or inability to communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul><ul><li>Extreme or extended boredom </li></ul><ul><li>Accident prone (carelessness) </li></ul><ul><li>Unusual sadness, discouragement & </li></ul><ul><li>loneliness </li></ul><ul><li>Talk of wanting to die </li></ul><ul><li>Neglect of academic work or personal </li></ul><ul><li>appearance </li></ul><ul><li>Family disruptions - divorce, trauma, losing </li></ul><ul><li>loved one </li></ul><ul><li>Running away from home or truancy from </li></ul><ul><li>school </li></ul><ul><li>Rebelliousness - reckless behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Withdrawal from people/activities they love </li></ul><ul><li>Confusion - Inability to concentrate </li></ul><ul><li>Chronic Pain, Panic or Anxiety </li></ul><ul><li>Perfectionism </li></ul><ul><li>Restlessness </li></ul>
  13. 13. Success Story: A concerned caller reports that her friend is absent from school after making threats to take her own life in text messages. Shortly afterward the 15 year old student receives life-saving medical attention after being found over-dosed in her bedroom. “ It is wonderful to know that Safe2Tell really works.” - School Principal
  14. 14. Safe2Tell Statistic : 97 Suicides Prevented “ It is only the betrayal of a friend NOT to tell when someone needs help”
  15. 15. <ul><li>Attackers make plans </li></ul><ul><li>Attackers talk about their plans </li></ul><ul><li>There is no consistent, reliable profile </li></ul><ul><li>Attackers have easy access to guns </li></ul><ul><li>School staff are often the first responders </li></ul><ul><li>Attackers are often encouraged by others </li></ul><ul><li>Bullying is often a factor </li></ul><ul><li>Warning signs of problem behaviors are common </li></ul><ul><li>Shooters are frequently suicidal </li></ul>“ Threats in school should be treated like the word “bomb” in an airport: take every threat seriously.” Shooter Warning Signs
  16. 16. Tragedy in Bailey, Colorado Emily Keyes 1990-2006 Platte Canyon High School September 27, 2006
  17. 17. April 16th, 2007 Blacksburg, VA 32 Lives Lost 25 Wounded
  18. 18. Threat Assessment <ul><li>A vortex for Sharing Information </li></ul><ul><li>Interagency Social Support Team </li></ul><ul><li>Safe School Planning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff Training </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Identifying Behaviors Inside & </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outside of School </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Secret Service By-Stander Study “ Schools are encouraged to develop policies that address the many aspects of reporting a threat” <ul><li>Schools should ensure a climate in which students feel comfortable sharing information they have regarding a potentially threatening situation with a responsible adult. </li></ul><ul><li>School districts are encouraged to develop policies that address the many aspects of reporting a threat. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers, administrators, and other faculty should be trained on how to properly respond to students who provide them with information about a threatening or disturbing situation, as well as how to deal with actual threats. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Success Story: A planned school attack is prevented, weapons recovered and an arrest made when an anonymous report reveals threats made on Safe2Tell reports have resulted in 28 prevented planned school attacks
  21. 21. What the Research Says About Safe Schools & Academic Performance <ul><li>Lesser Rates of Dropout </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Test Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Greater Gains in Academic Performance over time </li></ul><ul><li>CSPV 2006 (Controlling for grade in school, race, ethnic composition, % subsidized meals, average parent education, % ESL students) </li></ul>“ Early intervention is critical in the life of a child who is exhibiting behaviors identified as precursors to violence. Safe2Tell provides a tool to intervene in a proactive way” Dr. Delbert Elliott, Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
  22. 22. Safe2Tell Legislation <ul><li>Safe2Tell ANONYMITY </li></ul><ul><li>Senate Bill One </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Safe School Resource Center </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NIMS Compliance </li></ul><ul><li>School Mapping </li></ul>
  23. 23. Please Contact For More Information [email_address] 719.520.7435