High schoolers get new CPR equipment; now requirement for graduation

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - High school students in East Baton Rouge Parish will receive new CPR training equipment.

The American Heart Association is donating the gear, which includes mannequins used to simulate actual situations.

The Burke Cobb Act was passed in 2014, requiring all high school students in the state to get CPR training. This will be the first graduating class under the new law.

"It is extremely important because we know that these events happen anywhere," said Kristen Gradney, who serves on the board of directors for the American Heart Association. "They happen in our schools, in our community, in our homes, and we really want them to be empowered; to go out to save someone, to feel comfortable doing that."

Glen Oaks High School students got their new equipment Monday, March 27. The rest will be distributed over the next two months.

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