Soon area students could be required to take CPR training before they graduate.
All Texas students, including those in our area, would have to take a one 30 minute CPR class before graduating high school, if a bill the American Heart Association is pushing, passes. The association says a lot of people do not survive cardiac arrests because they do not receive immediate CPR.
Victoria Needham is a sophomore at River Road High School. She says, "I was walking, and I had seen an old lady. She was walking with her little grandkids, and she just falls to the ground. And I didn't know what to do. I didn't think anyone else saw it, only me. So I kind of just freaked out because I didn't know anything like what to do... I want to learn CPR so I can help people in school and out of school."
About 70% of Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don't know how to administer CPR or they're afraid of hurting the victim according to the American Heart Association.
Amarillo and River Road schools say they're not requiring students to be certified in CPR because it's not mandated by the Texas legislature. But if the bill passes, the Principal at River Road High School Steve Scott says, "It wouldn't be a problem at all. If they're just wanting us to do just 30 minutes, again I think it needs to be a little more intensive and practice it, and keep it fresh. But yea we can always find that time."
River Road ISD District Nurse Kim Franks says, "We have a cat period which is homeroom for all our students that meets everyday. So we could potentially do it during their cat period."
The Texas Panhandle Red Cross says they're willing to help teach students at area schools. Executive Director Steve Pair says, It's "our basic mission of just training our community to help respond to those disasters, emergency situations of all kinds. We'd love to be able to help in whatever way we can."
Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.