Schools must post signs urging students to report abuse

ATLANTA — All public schools will now have to prominently post a sign encouraging students and others to report suspected child abuse.

State Rep. Rick Williams, a Republican from Milledgeville, said he sponsored the bill as a way to counter bullying and child sex trafficking. Gov. Brian Kemp signed the measure Thursday.

“These horrific things are happening, and we’ve just got to take a stand and we’ve got to stop them,” Williams said Thursday.

“It's just encouraging people to speak up, take a stand and be alert, and if you see something, say something,” he said.

The bill stalled in the Senate last year but sailed through the General Assembly this year. The sign will include the 24-hour phone number for the state Division of Family and Children Services.

Jill Nolin covers the Georgia Statehouse for CNHI’s newspapers and websites.

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