Bill would but 'Jacob Kits' in S.C. classrooms to improve safety

Bill would but 'Jacob Kits' in S.C. classrooms to improve safety
Jacob Hall, 6, died in the shooting at Townville Elementary School. (Source: Facebook/WHNS)
Two students and a teacher were shot and a third student injured in the shooting at Townville Elementary School on Sept. 28, 2016. (Source: WHNS)
Two students and a teacher were shot and a third student injured in the shooting at Townville Elementary School on Sept. 28, 2016. (Source: WHNS)

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC/WIS) - The idea to put tourniquets in the hands of teachers is the latest push for safer schools in South Carolina.

One bill in the State House would require "Jacob Kits" in all classrooms. The kits transform teachers into paramedics, supplying them with tourniquets in case an active shooter injures a child.

They're named "Jacob Kits" after Jacob Hall, the 6-year-old elementary school student who died in a shooting at Townville Elementary School on Sept. 28, 2016. It's about buying time for a child or anyone who is injured, by stopping wounds from bleeding.

The idea for the life-saving kit came about between the firefighter here and his wife who is a teacher.

"I'm a firefighter, and it's always been since my wife and I have been together, always worried about me going to work and what I have to deal with," Burton, S.C., Fire District Lt. Dan Byrne said. "And for the first time, that role is reversed. I'm worried about my wife."

Some Beaufort County schools have stocked classrooms with the kits.

A hearing for the bill that would put them in all South Carolina public schools is set for March 20.

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