N.J. law requires high school students to learn CPR before graduating

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Starting with this fall’s high school freshman class, public school students in New Jersey will be required to learn CPR and how to use defibrillators in order to graduate.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno — who is acting governor while Gov. Chris Christie campaigns for Republicans in Oklahoma and Kansas — signed the bill (A2072) today at Burlington Township Middle School, where a student collapsed in June and was saved by staff members who used CPR and an automated defibrillator.

"Put simply, this law will save lives," Guadgano said in a statement. “These critical skills are easy to learn and, as we heard today, can make all the difference in the world to someone in cardiac arrest. Our actions today ensure that more residents than ever will be equipped when the unthinkable happens."

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