Elizabeth Smart backs kidnapping education bill

Wednesday , February 19, 2014 - 3:04 PM

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The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — AUtahproposal to teach schoolchildren what to do if they are kidnapped or abused has backing from former kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart.

Smart said in a House committee meeting Wednesday that such lessons might not have prevented her from being taken at knifepoint in the middle of the night at age 14. But she says they would've better prepared her for dealing with trauma and planning an escape.

She and her farther Ed Smart both said the information would've helped her readjust to normal life after the nine-month ordeal.

The bill from Salt Lake City Democrat Rep. Angela Romero would allow schools to choose if they want to teach the information. And parents could also opt their children out.

The committee Wednesday advanced the bill to the full House.

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