Assemblyman William Magnarelli visited Solvay High School during Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness Week (April 16-20) to speak to students in a Child Psychology Class about Shaken Baby Syndrome.
"It is important that young people understand the harm that shaking a baby can do and steps that can be taken to prevent this," Magnarelli said. "Many of you will become parents. Many young people, I am sure, baby-sit young children. It is important to have Shaken Baby Syndrome taught in classrooms to educate as many people as possible on caring for infants and young children."
Magnarelli visited Solvay High School in an effort to raise awareness and promote legislation he has authored regarding Shaken Baby Syndrome. This legislation requires that parenting education classes in secondary schools include instruction on the consequences and prevention on Shaken Baby Syndrome. That instruction may include the presentation of the video which is part of a law that Magnarelli authored in 2004, making New York the first state requiring that new parents be given the opportunity to watch a video about the danger of shaking young babies and how they can help protect their children from this deadly action.
Magnarelli has also sponsored legislation which requires that inmates in state correctional facilities receive instruction on SBS, which could help to save the lives of children who will be under their care once they are released from prison.
"The most common predators of SBS are males age 24 to 27," Magnarelli said. "Despite the success of the program in high schools and hospitals, individuals who are incarcerated are not currently educated about SBS. To deal with this problem, I have sponsored legislation which will require inmates in state correctional facilities to receive instruction on SBS, which could help to save the lives of children who will be under their care once they are released from prison."