By Shannon P
Starting with the 2017-2018 school year, students graduating from high school in Michigan will be required to get CPR certified and learn how to use an automated defibrillator.
Governor Rick Snyder believes passing this law will increase survival rates across all of Michigan. The law, signed on December 28, 2016, plans that about 100,000 students will be certified a year.
Michigan is the 35th state to pass a law stating it is mandatory to get certified. With all the pre-existing requirements to graduate, some students are annoyed that there is just one more thing to add onto the list. Senior Lauren Gapp believes that high school students are already under an immense amount of stress with classes and adding another requirement will just add to that stress.
But there are also students that see the importance. Senior Joey Woznicki said he understands why this is an important issue because the few minutes it takes before an EMS shows up are critical.