By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — High school students in New Jersey will be learning something new when they go back to school next month.  A new state law requires instruction in the use of a defibrillator, as well as basic cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The move comes two months after a student’s life was saved at Burlington Township Middle School by a nurse who made use of the equipment, which is required in every school in the state.

Frank Belluscio, with the New Jersey School Boards Association, says it’s good for high school kids to be trained — just in case.

“There are certification programs offered by the American Red Cross and other organizations. So the information, the training, the curriculum already exists.”

The goal is to take 30 minutes out of one school day to show the students how it’s done.


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