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New Law Requires School CPR Instruction

Freshmen and sophomores in Indiana high schools will now be required to learn CPR.

A new state law requires CPR training as part of required health classes. Danielle Patterson with the American Heart Association says training 300,000 high school students a year will be a big step toward a national goal of ensuring 80% of the population knows CPR, and can intervene if someone goes into cardiac arrest.

Chandler Representative Ron Bacon, who authored the law, says it includes a waiver for schools who can't afford the 600-dollar training kits. He says that's mainly to identify those schools, so the state can steer private donations to them.

Bacon, state school superintendent Glenda Ritz, and the American Heart Association made one such presentation to Frankfort High School and other Clinton County schools on Wednesday. A donor to the heart association paid for the $600 kits in his will.

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