Pine Belt principals in favor of CPR training

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Several Pine Belt principals say a bill that would require high-school students to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a great idea.

House Bill 432 also calls for high-school students to learn how to use automated external defibrillators. If Gov. Phil Bryant signs it, it would take effect in July.

Principal Tess Smith tells The Hattiesburg American (http://hatne.ws/1hOYPJB ) that Sumrall High School's coaches already are CPR-certified, so the topic could easily become part of physical education classes.

Petal High School Principal Steve Simmons says a teacher there has already taught most students CPR.

Hattiesburg High School Principal Jermaine Brown says he thinks it's a good idea. He says if it becomes law, he'd wait to hear from the state education department before deciding how CPR would be taught at his school.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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