KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Kansas lawmaker wants to require two hours of suicide-prevention training for teachers as a way to reduce the number of teen suicides.
Republican Sen. Greg Smith is a suburban Kansas City school teacher and former police officer who thinks the free training under his bill could help educators better spot warning signs in troubled students.
During a recent Senate Education Committee hearing on the issue, several Kansas parents whose sons and daughters took their own lives pressed the need for the training. No opponents testified.
Smith’s bill is modeled after the Jason Flatt Act already in effect in 16 states. The act is named after a 16-year-old Tennessee boy who killed himself in 1997.