Christine Blubaugh was weeks shy of 17 when she was killed by an ex-boyfriend in Grand Prairie.
Her loss of life in March 2000 has impressed a invoice within the Texas Legislature that may require Texas public faculties to offer age-appropriate training on home and relationship violence.
Dallas Democratic Sen. Royce West, who filed the invoice, mentioned in a Fb submit that relationship violence is a pervasive situation that isn’t typically mentioned in school rooms, leaving youngsters ill-equipped to cope with such conditions.
“Younger love isn’t supposed to harm and no, it isn’t alleged to kill,” he mentioned. “However sadly it does.”
The proposal, Senate Invoice 1109, gained unanimous approval Tuesday from the Senate Training Committee. Christine’s mom and twin sister testified in help of the invoice.
If the invoice passes the Senate and the Home, the brand new regulation would direct the Texas State Board of Training to develop curriculum that addresses relationship violence and what to do if college students or somebody they know is a sufferer of home or relationship violence.
Grand Prairie Police have spoken in help of the invoice.
“We have to arm our kids with the instruments to acknowledge when they’re in a relationship violence relationship or are experiencing violence at dwelling, and the sources to assist them escape the state of affairs,” Assistant Police Chief Ronnie Morris mentioned in a written assertion.
Christine was a junior at South Grand Prairie Excessive College and performed tennis alongside her twin sister, in response to Morning Information archives. After her killing, the varsity named a tennis match in her honor.