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Franklin Co., Ky., (LEX 18) -- Two students at Franklin Career and Technical Center want every classroom in the district to have a life-saving device- tourniquets.

Sydney Donovan and Thelma Boteng, juniors at the Franklin County school, said they thought of the idea to add safety kits to classrooms as part of the HOSA club, a group for future health professionals. 

"If a teacher is actually trained and has a tourniquet, they could save a child's life," said Donovan. "It could be the difference between life and death."

A tourniquet can be used to prevent someone from bleeding out if they are injured. The teens said the idea became especially important to them after the school shooting at Marshall County where two students died.

"When I heard about Marshall County it was kind of scary because, you know, that could happen where I go," said Donovan. 

In an emergency situation, said Boteng, minutes count.

"A tourniquet may be the only way possible to get to a person and help them," she said. 

The teens have put together kits that could be placed in each classroom in the district. They hope to raise about $1,500 to purchase the nearly 400 kits they need. 

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