GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – A popular program that helps teens anonymously report everything from bullying to crimes may not be around much longer.
Safe2Tell allows teens to relate safety concerns to law enforcement through texting, by phone or online.
The not-for-profit program is used in 1,600 schools statewide. Officials say it has prevented more than 300 suicides and more than than 20 school attacks. Police say they have confiscated more than 200 weapons.
The problem the program is facing now is funding. They need about $100,000 just to make it through this year. Up until this point it has survived on grants and donations.
“We will not be able to sustain this program and continue to operate and it’s very frightening,” spokeswoman Susan Payne said.
John McDonald, head of safety at Jefferson County Schools, says the program is a cornerstone of his efforts to keep schools safe.
“It’s absolutely critical,” McDonald said. “It has saved lives, and I’m very confident in saying that.”
The organization has sent letters to schools and law enforcement agencies asking for donations. It is also looking for new grants.
Without the money the program might ask schools to provide some funds, but schools are dealing with budget problems, too.
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