NASHVILLE, Tenn., (June 9, 2016) – In honor of Governor Bill Haslam signing “Jared’s Law,” the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge will be lit in red tonight, June 9, 2016. Jared’s Law aims to prevent student suicide by requiring all employees of a Local Education Association (LEA) to complete two hours of training annually in suicide prevention and awareness and for each LEA to develop a policy on suicide prevention awareness.
“It was vital that we addressed the issue of youth suicide,” said Senator Roberts. “It’s a national tragedy that the rates are rising each and every year among our young people. Despite our best efforts, it continues to grow. Suicide is the third leading cause of death of young people between the ages of 10 and 19.”
Governor Bill Haslam signed the new law in a ceremony this morning in Nashville, Tennessee.
“The relationships between students and other faculty, including cafeteria workers, bus drivers and custodians, can be extremely influential to a young person’s life,” Sen. Roberts continued. “With this new law, we can provide additional resources of awareness and prevention to those that have the most interaction with our children. I am very pleased it has been signed into law.”
The new measure strengthens the 2007 Jason Flatt Act which became the nation’s most inclusive and mandatory youth suicide awareness and prevention legislation pertaining to teachers’ in-service training.
See Accompanying photo: Left to Right: with Governor Haslam is Senator Kerry Roberts; Shannon Hall, AFSP; Misty Leitsch, TSPN; Scott Ridgway, TSPN; Cameron Eanes, Jared’s Keepers; Kelsey Neeley, Jared’s Keepers; Diane Roberts and Rep. Mary Littleton.