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Petition to The Governor of the State of New Jersey, The Senate President / Assembly Speaker of the State of New Jersey, New Jersey Office of Legislative Services

Student Samaritan Initiative - Require Teens to Submit Proof of CPR Training to the DMV

Over 350,000 out-of-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrests occur annually, as reported by the American Heart Association. Unfortunately only 8% of these victims survive, with barely a fraction of these who walk out of the hospital. "WHEREAS, When combined with a timely response by emergency medical services, CPR can drastically increase a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival; and WHEREAS, Encouraging boards of education to include CPR training as part of the high school curriculum will provide students with crucial life-saving instruction and will drastically increase the safety of the State’s citizens"- Assembly Resolution No. 13; State of New Jersey 214th Legislature But there’s something we can do to change this. According to the American Heart Association and recent scientific research, effective and proper bystander CPR can double, or even triple a victim's chance of survival. With better training comes better survival outcomes. The High School Association of Medical Engineers & Scientists, Inc. (HAMES), a New Jersey based Nonprofit Organization run by high school students, has launched the Student Samaritan Initiative to challenge these statistics.  The Student Samaritan Initiative Project has two incentives: 1). Dispatch our certified Instructors to at least one school in every county in New Jersey, and promote free hands-only CPR & AED training. 2). Petition the State of New Jersey to make an amendment to the Assembly Bill A2027 regarding the enforcement of CPR training in schools. On August 20th, 2014, the State of New Jersey had passed a Moderate Partisan Bill that required high schools to integrate a form of CPR training within the health curriculum (certification not required) prior to a high school student’s graduation. Although the establishment of this Bill is a major step towards improving Sudden Cardiac Arrest survival rates in the community, HAMES feels this act can be further strictly enforced and regulated.  In the name of the Student Samaritan Initiative, HAMES and the people of New Jersey are petitioning the State of New Jersey to make an amendment that requires minors to provide proof of CPR training to the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission during the application of a probationary driving permit.  It is our hope that with this enactment, New Jerseyans will be comforted to a high degree with the guaranteed assurance that the entire generation of new drivers have received quality training in the performance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an AED. By signing this petition, you’ll express your support towards this major impact and the continued mission of turning students into samaritans. To learn more about the cause, visit

High School Association of Medical Engineers & Scientists, Inc. (HAMES)
272 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Hank Thiele

District 99: Hire a Consultant Who Specializes in Educator Sexual Misconduct

THE PROBLEM: District 99 (Downers Grove, IL) does not have adequate policies, procedures, and training to protect students from sexual assault and harassment from teachers and other staff members. In 2016, a DGN volunteer serving in a teaching capacity for the marching band was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a band student. In an unrelated incident in 2017, longtime assistant band director Bill Miller resigned; there are currently 4 civil lawsuits pending against the school for incidents of sexual abuse by Bill Miller from 4 different “Jane Does,” who were students at the time of incidents. A criminal investigation into Miller’s actions is ongoing. District 99 needs to do more to protect the students in its care. Teacher training is insufficient, clear teacher/student boundaries have not been put into place (making it easier for abusers to groom), students are kept in the dark about their rights and ability to report on teacher-abusers, written guidelines and a code of conduct are weak and hard to find...the list goes on. THE SOLUTION: We’re asking Hank Thiele, the superintendent of schools, to hire a consultant from SESAME (Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct, and Explotation), a non-profit organization that has been advising Chicago Public Schools in the wake of their incident just like DGN's, which resulted in CPS losing a portion of their federal funding for not fulfilling their Title IX duties. Some of what we hope the district will accomplish with SESAME’s help: --Strengthen policies and procedures around sexual misconduct to go beyond what is legally required and instead, do the maximum possible to protect students and recent grads from being preyed upon by District 99 faculty --Help implement better training to help teachers identify “red flag” behavior when it comes to student grooming, and know what to do if they think they need to make a report --Help District 99’s Title IX Coordinators, Pete Theis and Gina Zaccardi, implement effective paths of communication that inform students and parents of their Title IX rights, as well as rules students should know that keep them safe, e.g. “no being in a teacher’s car alone.” --Add language to the Athletics and Activities Handbook and other materials that reminds teachers and students of what the proper boundaries are and gives reporting guidelines  SESAME is ready and willing to help! However, Hank Thiele has stated that he feels legal consultants and broad school board resolutions banning all forms of sexual harassment by anyone in general are enough. Please sign this position to tell him you feel otherwise.

Jennifer Boudinot
186 supporters