TN representative introduces bill to put ‘Stop Bleed’ kits in schools

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From school shootings to other tragedies, Representative John Ray Clemmons wants schools across the state to be ready for anything.  

“We need to be properly equipped and trained to respond to those types of emergencies,” said Clemmons, who represents District 55. 

For Clemmons, that preparation would come in bags known as “Stop the Bleed” kits. 

“The training only takes 10 to 15 minutes,” he said.  

Clemmons filed House Bill 215, which would require each school to have at least one kit and require training on how to use to it. 

“We’re talking about children’s safety,” Clemmons said. “And, that’s something that’s not partisan, it’s something on which we can all agree is a priority.”  

After back to back school shootings last year, some schools bought their own kits.  

In September, News 2 spoke with a school resource officer at Carroll-Oakland Elementary School in Wilson County who raised more than $4,000 to buy 60 kits. 

If passed, the bill would go into effect in July. Each school would be equipped by the start of the new year.  

“Everyone is capable of saving a life,” he said.

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