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Iowa Senate Passes School Suicide Prevention Bill
THE IOWA SENATE PASSED A BILL WEDNESDAY THAT WOULD REQUIRE ALL SCHOOL EMPLOYEES TO UNDERGO TRAINING TO RECOGNIZE WHEN A STUDENT IS SUFFERING FROM TRAUMA OR CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS THAT SCHOOL BOARDS WOULD BE REQUIRED TO SELECT A PROGRAM TO TRAIN SCHOOL PERSONNEL ON SYMPTOMS AND HOW TO INTERVENE. EDUCATORS WOULD UNDERGO SUCH TRAINING AS PART OF RENEWING THEIR TEACHING LICENSES.
THE MEASURE WAS PROMPTED IN PART BY TWO SUICIDES BY TEENAGERS LIVING IN JOHNSTON, IOWA.