Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman Promotes Anti-Bullying App

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Bullying and teen suicides are on the rise, and Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is working to combat the crisis. General Coffman spoke at an event in Grand Junction promoting the “Safe 2 Tell” app which allows students to use their smartphones to report serious issues to adults anonymously. 

Colorado TV Station KJCT reports:

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman was at Monday night’s meeting at the Mesa County Work Force Center to back the app. She said last year's tips on suicide exceeded any other category.

District 51 lost two students in just the last week.

"As long as we have suicides among our school kids we need to do more," Coffman said. "They know when their friends are suffering; they are our eyes and ears. It’s not snitching to share a concern, that's saving a life and that's a heroic thing to do."

She believes the increase in bullying, depression, and suicide is linked to social media.

The tips are immediately sent to school authorities and/or dispatch without social repercussions for the student.

“I don't think enough can be done. It's a high bar to set, but community outreach is the first step,” Chamovitz said.

There have been more than 27,000 reports across Colorado since the program started, and 6,000 of those have been made since August 2016.

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