Gov. Ducey signs bill charging adults who tell minors to take their own life

Mar 18, 2021, 4:45 AM | Updated: 10:12 pm
(Twitter photo/@dougducey)...
(Twitter photo/@dougducey)
(Twitter photo/@dougducey)

PHOENIX — Adults can now be charged with manslaughter for advising or encouraging minors to take their own life.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Wednesday making that a new law in the state.

“I’m hopeful it’ll help to protect Arizonans who fall victim to horrible people and send a message to predators that this will not be tolerated,” Ducey said moments before signing HB 2459 into law.

Joining him for the signing was Paolla Jordan. Her 17-year-old son, Adrio, died by suicide in 2019 after someone he met online encouraged and even instructed him on how to take his own life.

When Jordan tried to get law enforcement involved, she was told there was nothing authorities could do. They explained there was no law on the books that prohibits adults to encourage or instruct minors to die by suicide.

“What happened to her son is a tragedy,” Ducey said. “I’m eager to sign this bill in memory of him so this never happens again.”

At the bill signing ceremony, Jordan thanked Rep. Jeff Weninger, R-Chandler, for introducing HB 2459 and Ducey for getting it across the finish line.

“I don’t want another family to go through what we’ve gone through,” she said.

Jordan is now looking to make this a federal law by passing a similar bill in Congress.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/City Government of Chandler, Arizona)...

Chandler City Council approves policy to prohibit acts of discrimination

The Chandler City Council voted 6-1 to adopt an ordinance that prohibits discrimination during Monday’s meeting.
1 day ago
(Photo by Mike Simons/Getty Images)...
Associated Press

Execution warrant requested for Arizona death row inmate

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has requested the state Supreme Court issue a warrant of execution for death row inmate Aaron Gunches.
1 day ago
(Facebook Photo/Angel Zamora)...

2 Phoenix police officers charged with assault in October incident with shooting suspect

Charges against two Phoenix police officers accused of assaulting a shooting suspect during an October arrest have been submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.
1 day ago
(Screenshot via Glendale Police Department)...

Glendale police said officer who activated Taser on shoplifting suspect 14 times followed policy

Glendale police said an officer who activated a Taser 14 times on a shoplifting suspect Tuesday acted within department policy.
1 day ago
(Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Photo/Andrew Pielage)...

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale to host 1st holiday experience

The Scottsdale winter home and studio of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright will host two weekends of holiday-themed activities open to the public for the first time.
1 day ago
Teofilo Acuna Gutierrez (Photo courtesy of DPS)...

Silver Alert canceled for 78-year-old man last seen in Phoenix

A Silver Alert was canceled Wednesday evening in Phoenix for a 78-year-old man who hasn't been spotted since Friday.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
Gov. Ducey signs bill charging adults who tell minors to take their own life