Every school campus is required to have one. But we found out, that is not the case in Amarillo. We're talking about automatic external defibrillators, that can save your life if you fall into cardiac arrest.
Tascosa High School, as well as every other middle and high school in the Amarillo Independent School District, has an AED on site. The district hasn't met the state mandate at the Elementary school level though. As it stands now, only four campuses of the almost forty, have one.
At Canyon schools, they are faced with the same problem. All mid and higher level schools are equipped, but not elementary schools. The main problem is funding, but all teachers and staff know it's worth it - even if they are never used.
"You have a chance to save someone, you can't put a dollar amount on that, it's a fantastic program," says Football Coach Heath Parker, at Tascosa High.
"All districts are facing difficulty getting the dollars to purchase whats been required, but we are happy our middle and high schools are equipped for those medical emergencies," says Brenda Adams, the Student Health Services Director of AISD.
The University Interscholastic League says nearly 80% of the schools statewide have complied with the requirement. They say they will not fault schools that are behind, instead they will try to find ways to get them the funding they need.