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Bill would require Texas students to learn CPR before graduation

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(KYTX) - The students in Leslie Smith's health science class at Chapel Hill High School are learning how to save a life when first responders aren't around.

From small babies to adults, these students are being taught how to give timely CPR to someone suffering from cardiac arrest.

"If a thousand students know something about CPR, it's going to make a great impact on our community," said Leslie Smith.

That's why one Texas republican representative and one democratic senator are sponsoring a new bill conceived by the American Heart Association.

Statistics show nearly 90% of heart attacks, outside of hospitals, will result in death because CPR was not given.

This bill would require students, at some point between 7th and 12th grade, to spend at least half an hour of class time learning CPR.

Health experts say even in that amount of time, students can learn enough to save a life.

"The sooner, the better really, when people are able to comprehend it's meaning and be able to take advantage of it's use," said Austin Turner.

High school senior Austin Turner watched closely today during class.

He thinks if all of his classmates knew CPR, it would make a big difference in the community.

"Walking down the street, I think everyone will feel a little bit safer knowing people around them can take care of them," said Turner.

Proponents of the bill said school districts could offer the training in PE or Health and Science classes.

"Just what we did awhile ago, the students learned something they didn't know before," said Turner.

A simple skill that can be taught today that can save someone's life tomorrow.

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