Wilk’s Measure to Equip Classrooms with Life-Saving Trauma Kits Clears First Hurdle

Trauma Kits Clear Hurdle

Today Sen. Scott Wilk’s (R-Santa Clarita) legislation to equip schools with life-saving trauma kits unanimously cleared the Senate Education Committee.

“I want to thank my colleagues for seeing the importance of this bill,” said Senator Wilk. “The effects of the shocking 2019 Saugus High School shooting are felt viscerally still in our community. Tragically, Santa Clarita is not alone. The sad reality is our students are just as vulnerable in the classroom as they are anywhere else in the world.”

SB 868 would require each school district, county office of education, and charter school to equip each classroom with a trauma kit. Each kit would be required to include:

  • One tourniquet
  • One bleeding control bandage
  • One pair of non-latex protective gloves and a marker
  • One pair of scissors
  • Approved Instructional documents

Testifying as witnesses in support of SB 868 were Dr. Bud Lawrence and his daughter Cambria Lawrence from Santa Clarita. In the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Shooting, Cambria and her sister Maci created Keep the Pressure classroom trauma kits with the goal of saving lives.

Dr. Lawrence, an emergency physician at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, impressed upon his daughters the importance of immediate medical care in a crisis. Together, they have been able to get these kits into every Santa Clarita junior high and high school.

“Our students are our most precious commodity in this state. Our teachers are superheroes, but they’re not impervious to bullets. Placing these kits in our classrooms will absolutely save lives,” said Dr. Lawrence.

Ironically during the Saugus shooting, Keep the Pressure trauma kits ended up being a critical tool used by law enforcement and teachers to save lives. 

“School is supposed to be a place of peace where students feel safe to learn and grow. In the event of a shooting, our first responders are focused first on neutralizing the threat,” concluded Senator Wilk. “That’s why it’s so important to ensure our teachers are equipped with the tools they need to keep students alive.”