AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The Texas Senate has voted to require public school teachers to undergo two hours of annual training on suicide prevention.READ MORE: Amber Alert Issued For Dallas Brothers 2 And 4 Years Old; Believed To Be With Relative Who Is A Homicide Suspect
New Braunfels Republican Sen. Donna Campbell’s bill was approved 30-1 on Tuesday without debate. The training regimen will be compiled based on the leading practices of programs already offered by some Texas school districts, as directed by the state Department of State Health Services.
Campbell’s bill now heads to the House, which already has approved a similar proposal instituting annual suicide prevention training for teachers and public school district officials.READ MORE: Frisco's Grand Park No Longer An 'Urban Legend' As City Can Finally Finish Exide Cleanup
Both were inspired by Kevin Childers, a football coach at Fairfield Independent School District near Corsicana. His 15-year-old son Jonathan committed suicide in 2013.
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