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Social worker's death prompts new safety law

Six years ago Johnson County social worker Teri Zenner was brutally murdered by a teenage client.

Today, her family celebrated as Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson signed into law legislation requiring safety training for every new social worker. Zenner's widower, Matt Zenner, pushed for the legislation in the hopes of preventing future deaths.

"What happened to Teri shouldn't happen to anyone," said Zenner, an Olathe resident. "This is huge."

The new law requires new social workers to take at least six hours of personal safety training as part of the 40 hours of continuing education required for all first-time license renewals. Most social workers will get the training soon after graduating with a social work degree.

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