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Ohio bill would mandate suicide prevention training for students

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COLUMBUS, OH — State Representative Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) announced the Ohio House passage of House Bill 123, the Safety and Violence Education for Students Act (SAVE Students Act).

HB 123 is a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Representatives Gayle Manning and Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald).

This legislation will ensure all schools serving grades 6-12 have a trained threat assessment team that works to address threats. It will also require schools serving grades 6-12 to administer annual youth violence prevention trainings each year and to train teachers on suicide awareness and prevention.

In addition, the legislation requires each school district to contract with an anonymous reporting system. Students are able to anonymously report threats or safety concerns to officials so they can be addressed in a timely manner.

Lastly, the bill requires school buildings serving grades 6-12 to establish a student led violence prevention club.

“As a retired teacher, mother, and grandmother, I understand the importance of giving our children the tools and resources they need to be safe, both mentally and physically,” said Rep. Manning. “Safety and mental health care should be addressed, as they are vital to students’ success. HB 123 is a great piece of legislation that works to better the lives of our students.”

The SAVE for Students Act, HB 123, passed the Ohio House and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


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