Bill named after murdered Cleveland teen Alianna DeFreeze goes into effect at Ohio schools in April

Bill named after murdered Cleveland teen Alianna DeFreeze goes into effect at Ohio schools in April
Alianna DeFreeze's aunt hopes the registry could help other families.

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Ohio legislation signed by Gov. John Kasich and named after Alianna DeFreeze will be implemented at Ohio schools beginning April 4.

House Bill 66, legislation that contains “Alianna’s Alert” language, will require schools to notify parents within 2 hours of the start of school if their child is not present.

The law was introduced as a result of the 14-year-old’s disappearance in Jan. 2017. She was abducted by Christopher Whitaker while on her way to school. Her body was found 3 days later in an abandoned home.

The DeFreeze family says they were never notified by the school district after the girl failed to report to class.

“Alianna’s Alert” was originally included in Senate Bill 82, but was merged into House legislation to ensure that it became a law.

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