Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, each local board of education in Georgia which operates a school with grades seven through 12 shall provide instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator to its students as a requirement for graduation from high school.
This is a win for the state of Georgia, as it will eventually lead to everyone in the state having the knowledge that might help someone live another day.
Georgia state Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, spoke just before Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 212 into law.
“If we can teach it to our young people, if we can save just one life, what a great thing we can accomplish,” Mullis said. Governor Deal, who spent most of Thursday being whisked around Northwest Georgia signing legislation into law, said the training bill “will help educate our youth and our young people in saving lives.”
“We believe that having somebody who knows CPR can double or triple a person’s chances of surviving a cardiac arrest,” Deal said.
While the bill won’t require students to become certified in CPR, many schools already incorporate certification instruction into their curriculums.
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My name is Belinda Whitehead Davis. I am the aunt of Antwon”BigMan”Whitehead. Antwon is the student that collapsed and died at Carver High School here in Columbus, Georgia. I am so happy to see that the Governor signed a bill for students to learn CPR, and AED training. I beleive that if the coaching staff was trained or even the students at the school, that Atwon might still be alive today. I think the bill is a great idea!!
Family of Carver HS student wants law changes after his basketball death.
THANK YOU for that post. I am Antwon Whitehead’s mother.
Antwon was a great son. So perfect & smart.
He was inducted into the National High School Honor Society.
Football, Soccer, Track, loved Basketball so much he died after he dunked the ball at practice.
I wish that people will go and sign the Antwon’s Law Petition. No parent should feel the way I do right now. Maybe we can save someone else’s child.
Let’s focus on passing Antwon’s Law, that makes sure our children have a fully complete physical and won’t have to die so young.
You’re welcome, Latoya. We hope that many people sign the petition!