Legislators Propose "Alianna Alerts"

(Cleveland) - Two state lawmakers say the tragic death of 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze should lead to a legacy in her name.  They're proposing a state law that would require parents to be notified immediately if their child doesn't show up for school.

DeFreeze's family had said they weren't notified by her school that she was missing until after the school day was over.  The school says there was a glitch in the system that caused the lack of notification.

State Senator Sandra Williams and Representative Stephanie Howse are both working on legislation they refer to as an "Alianna Alert."  Both tell Channel 3 News that if Alianna's family had known earlier in the day that she never showed up for school, it may have given the family time to look for the girl while she was still alive.

Alianna's funeral will be held Saturday, February 10, at 12:30, at Imani Temple Ministries, 2463 N. Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights.  A wake will be held for Alianna at 12:00 noon.

Photo Courtesy Alianna DeFreeze Family

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Tom Moore has been a news anchor and reporter for Newsradio WTAM 1100 since 1995. He has won a number of awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Press Club of Cleveland, and The Associated Press.

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