Preventing Student Violence Through Education

Route Fifty: Middle and high-school students in Ohio would be required to take an annual class about suicide and violence prevention under a bill advancing through the state legislature.

The bill, passed last week by the House, mandates a host of measures designed to reduce social isolation and give students and educators the tools to prevent suicide and increase safety in schools. In addition to the class (which must fill either an hour or a class period), the legislation would require public schools to establish both a student-led anti-violence club and a threat-assessment team made up of staff members.

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