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Kentucky: Lawmakers consider putting mental health workers in schools

Mar 13, 2018, U.S. News and World Report: Bill Would Put Mental Health Workers in Kentucky Schools After deadly school shooting rampages, including one in their own state, Kentucky lawmakers are considering whether to put mental health professionals in schools in hopes of easing stress in students' lives that could explode into violence…. "We firmly believe that if implemented, this piece of legislation would certainly spare us tragedy in the future," said the bill's lead sponsor, Democratic Rep. Will Coursey. Coursey's district in western Kentucky includes Marshall County High School, where a 15-year-old boy allegedly opened fire in January. Two 15-year-old students were killed in the shootings, with many more injured. … "We didn't have any signs," he told lawmakers. "But maybe a trained professional could have seen something where we may have ... headed this off. At least with this bill, it would give us the chance to do that." … Mental health professionals in schools could help students individually or in group settings, supporters said. They also could train teachers and school staff to recognize students' stress. And they would form teams to assist students struggling with problems affecting their behavior and learning.... Another bill before Kentucky lawmakers would allow school districts to hire armed marshals to patrol public schools, make citizen's arrests and protect people from "imminent death or serious physical injury." Marshals wouldn't have to be police officers but school district employees in good standing who have a license to carry concealed weapons.

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