- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Students in Missouri schools could learn about the dangers of online sexual predators and the consequences of sending sexually suggestive text messages under a measure moving forward in the Statehouse.

The Missouri House on Tuesday approved a bill that would add to the information included in sexual education instruction in public and charter schools.

Democratic Rep. Genise Montecillo of St. Louis says it’s necessary to help protect children. The measure would require the inclusion of information about sexual predators, particularly online.

It also would require instruction about responsible Internet use and the potential consequences of sending sexually explicit or graphic text messages, even to friends.

The measure now goes to the Senate.

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