In March 2000, Christine Blubaugh was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. At the time, she was a junior at South Grand Prairie High School, a member of the tennis team and the orchestra. Christine’s untimely death shocked the campus, the school district, and the Grand Prairie community. How could this happen? What could have been done to prevent her death?
Fast forward 21 years and Senate Bill 9 is signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in September. SB 9, or the “Christine Blubaugh Act” – went into effect December 2. The Act requires “public schools to provide instruction and materials and adopt policies relating to the prevention of child abuse, family violence, and dating violence.”
The passage of the bill was the result of the persistence of a dedicated team including the Blubaugh family, GPPD Assistant Chief Ronnie Morris, and State Senator Royce West. Young people across the state will now have the opportunity to educate and empower themselves about this preventable issue.
To honor Christine’s legacy and the far-reaching impact of SB 9, GPISD and the Grand Prairie Police Department will host a ceremony at South Grand Prairie High School on Monday, February 14, at 10 a.m.
- WHAT: Ceremony to honor the legacy of Christine Blubaugh (the inspiration for SB 9)
- WHEN: Monday, February 14, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.
- WHERE: South Grand Prairie High School (main entrance), 301 W. Warrior Trail
Please contact Sam Buchmeyer, GPISD Public Information Officer, at (972) 237-5380 if you have questions or need any additional information.