COLUMBUS— State Representative Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today offered sponsor testimony on House Bill 123 in the House primary and secondary education committee. HB 123, the Safety and Violence Education for Students Act (SAVE for Students Act) is co-sponsored by Representative Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald).
“I am grateful for the opportunity to provide sponsor testimony on HB 123, and I am excited to work with my joint sponsor on this legislation,” said Manning. “The Safety And Violence Education (SAVE) for Students Act takes steps in addressing mental health among our youth, and that is why I am excited to sponsor the bill. Ensuring Ohio’s teachers and students are trained to recognize when a child needs assistance is one step towards improving mental health and social isolation.”
This legislation will ensure all schools serving grades 6-12 are provided with a model threat assessment policy and threat assessment trainings. 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 will establish an anonymous reporting program.
The bill will now await its second committee hearing.