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UNK Students Petition Against LB556 Bill

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Students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are exercising their first amendment right by starting a petition against a proposed Nebraska bill.

The LB556 bill introduced by Senator Amanda McGil plans to include behavioral health screenings in the already required school physical examinations.

According to the Nebraska legislature website, the main focus of the bill is to "make mental health services available to children in schools, their homes, and other locations, as well as providing mental health consultation services to pediatricians."

However some UNK students don't agree to the idea, and as part of a class project, they've set up booths to collect signatures petitioning against the bill.

On the flip side, supporters of the bill say it might save a few lives and can help in early detection for bad behavior.

Viewers on Facebook chimed in saying, "I'm completely for it. Mental health is just as important as physical. The key is prevention, not reaction."

The booths will remain open to the public until Friday at the Nebraskan Student Union.

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