DENVER - Attorney General Suthers has distributed the Attorney Generals School Violence Prevention and Student Discipline Manual to hundreds of Colorado schools. In a letter* to school administrators and officials, he urges them to ensure their schools are safe environments and make school safety a top priority.
In September, our state was once again sadly confronted by the tragic reality of school violence, Suthers writes. With the school year barely underway, our community suffered the loss of Emily Keyes, a highly-talented junior at Platte Canyon High School. That day, we were reminded that school safety must always remain a top priority.
Attorney General Suthers also highlighted the Safe2Tell initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to deterring school violence. Students who are concerned about a threat can call their toll-free tip line (877-542-SAFE) and speak with a highly trained professional at the State Patrol Communications Center. The callers name is kept anonymous and the tip is immediately forwarded to the school principal and/or law enforcement.
Students play an important role in the safety of their school, said Suthers. One way we can keep our children safe is by encouraging them to take responsibility for their safety and their classmates and to immediately report threats to school officials or through the Safe2Tell tip line.
According to the U.S. Secret Service, in 75 percent of violent incidents in our schools, someone other than the attacker knew it was going to happen but failed to report it.
Further information on the Safe2Tell program can be found online at http://www.safe2tell.org/
The Office of the Attorney General is committed to fostering safe schools in Colorado, Suthers writes in his letter to school officials. We are proud to partner with you in this incredibly important effort. We owe it to our children and to those who have been the victim of school violence to make this issue our highest priority.
Copies of the School Violence Prevention and Student Discipline Manual were mailed yesterday to approximately 2,000 Colorado schools. The Manual can be found on the Attorney Generals website at http://www.ago.state.co.us/schoolvio/svpm2006.pdf
*Attached please find Attorney General Suthers' letter to school officials.