stop the bleed

Stop the Bleed Kits Gain New Attention After Use in Santa Clarita Shooting

The kits, which include tourniquets and compression bandages, can save lives outside of active shooter incidents, according to advocates and medical experts.

When tragedy struck a Santa Clarita, Calif. high school last month in the form of a shooting that ended with three student deaths, staff members were better prepared to respond to the attack thanks to bleeding control kits stored in every classroom.

Two of the kits were used in the Nov. 14 shooting, in which a student killed two fellow students before turning the gun on himself. The kits, which include tourniquets, compression bandages and blood-clotting gauze, were a recent addition to classrooms in the district, NBC News reported.

"Although there's no way for us to prevent tragedies like this that happen, we can take a precaution and be able to protect people and know that there is information out there and supplies people can use to keep them safe," Cambria Lawrence, a student who raised funds for Stop the Bleed kits in Santa Clarita, told LAist.

Advocacy efforts to bring the kits to classrooms across the country have been growing over the past several years, particularly in states where legislation concerning gun control is unlikely to pass, according to NBC News.

Georgia was the first to pass a statewide initiative to equip all classrooms with Stop the Bleed Kits in the 2017-2018 year. This year, state legislatures in Texas, Arkansas and Indiana have adopted similar policies, and Illinois plans to distribute 7,000 kits to public schools across the state.

The kits are not just helpful for active shooter situations, which will not affect the vast majority of campuses. Most fatal injuries are caused by falls, according to Billy Kunkle, the deputy director for the Georgia Trauma Commission. The tourniquets including in the bleeding control kits can save lives and should be viewed as an extension of a first aid kit, Kunkle told NBC.

Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, who served as a surgeon at the trauma center closest to Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., has been advocating for measures to improve the survival rate in mass shootings through the Hartford Consensus coalition. Those recommendations for legislators have included Stop the Bleed campaigns, which have reached 100 countries and 1.5 million people, Jacobs said.

“If, God forbid, something happens, you really want to know there is someone right there beside you who can do something,” Jacobs said. “If you can keep the blood inside the body until you reach the hospital, you have a phenomenal chance for survival.”

About the Author

Haley Samsel is an Associate Content Editor for the Infrastructure Solutions Group at 1105 Media.


  • Buffalo Public School District Modernizes Security With New Cameras NVRs

    i-PRO Co., Ltd. (formerly Panasonic Security), a provider of professional security solutions for surveillance and public safety, recently announced that the Buffalo Public School District (BPSD) has modernized its security footprint with i-PRO multi-sensor and 360° fisheye network cameras, and i-PRO NV300 network video recorders (NVR). The BPSD serves 28,000 K-12 students out of 70 facilities in western New York. Read Now

  • Lessons Learned from Past School Shootings

    Two experts are working together and collaborating on new ways school campuses can develop a proactive and comprehensive security plan. For three consecutive years, the U.S has had a record-high number of school shootings resulting in a repetitive cycle of grievances, anger, and frustration. The U.S. had 344 school shootings in 2023 which surpassed the record-breaking number of 308 school shootings in 2022 as reported by K-12 School Shooting Database. Read Now

  • Mother of Michigan School Shooter Found Guilty on Four Counts of Involuntary Manslaughter

    The mother of the teenager who killed four students in an Oxford, Michigan school has been found guilty of four counts of involuntary manslaughter because of the shooting. That’s according to a report from CNN. Read Now

  • Utah State Legislature Funds Gun Detection Technology and Incident Management System in All Public K-12 Schools

    ZeroEyes, the creators of the only AI-based gun detection video analytics platform that holds the US Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act Designation, and AEGIX Global, a Utah-based provider of industry-leading critical incident management services, recently announced that the Utah State Board of Education has approved a contract to provide the joint solution for all Utah public K-12 schools, including charter schools. Read Now