Bree Moore’s Tragic Death Led to Dating Violence Education in Alaska’s Public Schools
Juneau – Tonight, the Alaska Legislature passed a bill to name Alaska’s teen dating violence awareness and prevention program after a young Alaskan killed in a senseless act of dating violence. The prevention program was initially authorized by the successful passage of the “Alaska Safe Children’s Act” in 2015. The passage of House Bill 214 today changes the name of the program to the “Bree Moore Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Program” to honor the memory of Bree Moore who was killed by her boyfriend in 2014.
HB 214 requires the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development to work with school districts to develop and approve the program, which will be focused on youth in grades seven through 12. The bill stipulates that the program include parental notification, training for both teachers and students, and a periodic review to ensure the program is consistent with best practices.
“Dating violence happens. That’s a fact. Every day young women, and in some instances young men, are preyed upon by those who lash out with anger and violence. That’s what happened to Bree Moore up until the acts of violence committed by her boyfriend turned deadly when he picked up a weapon and shot her to death. Bree’s death was a tragedy, but her death also sparked a movement to educate teenagers across Alaska so that what happened to Bree doesn’t happen to another young Alaskan,” said HB 214 sponsor Representative Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage). “The process to get this bill passed was not easy, but thanks to the hard work and perseverance of Butch and Cindy Moore, Representative Geran Tarr, Senator Anna MacKinnon, and many others, the tragedy of Bree Moore’s death will serve as an example for our youth that dating violence is not okay and should never be overlooked or ignored.”
Alaska’s dating violence awareness and prevention education requirements apply to all public school students in grades 7-12 due to the passage of the Alaska Safe Children’s Act, which was signed into law by Governor Walker in 2015. As part of the “Bree Moore Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Program,” students will learn how to develop healthy relationships and recognize the warning signs of an abusive relationship. House Bill 214 also designates February as “Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month” in Alaska to align with the national efforts to bring attention to this important issue.
House Bill 214 passed the Alaska State Senate today by a unanimous vote of 19-0. The bill unanimously passed the Alaska House of Representatives in February, and today the House voted 39-1 to concur with the changes made by the State Senate. HB 214 will now be sent to Alaska Governor Bill Walker for his consideration.
For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 444-0889.