GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — As we inch towards summer, annual Safe2tell tips show an interesting pattern.

Thousands of teens are already using the Safe2tell texting program. The shocking thing we learned is that more than 90% of those reports are confirmed allowing school districts to take action.

District 51 hosting Middle School Career Fair

Reports do decrease during months when schools are on break, but following the COVID-19 pandemic, reports are on the rise again, showing youth crime is also rising in Mesa County.

Just this year, more than 14 thousand reports have already flowed into Safe2tell’s database. Of those, there were 263 suicide threats, 146 welfare checks, and 171 reports of bullying.

In District 51, we’ve seen a slight increase in expulsions and dangerous weapons brought on campus.

Compared to data before the pandemic D51 expelled 23 students in the 2017-18 school year, but by the 2019-2020 school year, the district expelled 47 students.

Mentorship program offers hope to D51

Since then, D51 expulsions gradually increased from 2019, before the pandemic, so far the district has expelled 32 students during the 2021-22 school year.

In Mesa County we know mental health is a continuous battle.

We don’t know if the increase in expulsions and weapons on the D51 campus’ are linked to mental health but stay tuned to KREX 5 as we take a deeper dive (4/14) and find out how schools are using expanded programs and recreation parks to help students inside the classroom and out.