High school students in Illinois will now be required to learn how to perform CPR and use defibrillators. Gov. Pat Quinn Thursday signed what is known as “Lauren’s Law,” named after Lauren Laman, a 17-year-old from St. Charles who died during a dance practice at her school in 2008. Quinn says there was an automatic external defibrillator nearby when Lauren went into cardiac arrest.
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“At her high school, the students didn’t know how to use that AED, and for 13 minutes, they had to wait for emergency medical service arrived to begin to use that process, and it was too late,” Quinn said at the bill signing ceremony in Normal. The law goes into effect for the 2014-15 school year. Students will be allowed to opt out of the training if their parents object.