After numerous school shootings the U.S., high school students in Redding got a lesson Tuesday that instructors hope could potentially save lives.
It's part of the national Stop the Bleed campaign that teaches individuals how to properly use a tourniquet in case of a mass shooting.
Stop the Bleed began after the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting that left nearly 30 elementary school children and adults dead.
"Federal government stepped up and said that we needed to see more of a bystander response to life-threatening hemorrhages caused by things like active shooter events," trauma injury prevention specialist Amber Bey said.
Tuesday, staff from Mercy Medical Center taught high school students in the Regional Occupational Program what to do if they ever find themselves in that very scenario.
"We learned how to deal with severe bleeding and life-threatening bleeding," Anderson New Technology High School senior Nicholas Niles said. "And we also inside of the class, we learned how to apply different types of tourniquets."
Students took turns applying tourniquets to one another and practicing how to pack a wound.
"It's kind of difficult at first," Anderson High School senior Sarai Hernandez said. "But once you practice it a couple of times, it gets easier and easier"
Bey says it only takes five minutes for someone to die from bleeding out, but it can take first responders longer than that to arrive.
"And if there's a person next to you that's experienced a life-threatening injury, then a bystander is your best resource," she said.
Bey says they've taught this class to high school staff all over the North State, but this is the first time they're teaching it to students.
"Well especially us in high school, there's been a lot of school shootings, so I think it's just important to know if anything were to happen what we would do, how to react to the situation," Hernandez said.
Students said they generally feel safe when going to school, but they say it's better to have the skill and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
"But I feel it's definitely something useful to have," Biles said. "You know, it's just kind of one of those things, the mental toolbelt that you have."
The program is slowly being rolled out to other schools in the area.
Bey says they'll be teaching staff at Anderson High school next,followed by Burney and Fall River.
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