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Santa Clarita Teens Behind ‘Keep The Pressure’ Wound Kits Used In Saugus High Shooting

Two Santa Clarita teens potentially saved lives during the Saugus High shooting after implementing “Keep the Pressure” wound kits at local schools earlier this year.

In March 2019, “Keep The Pressure” kits were presented to school resource officers from the William S. Hart Union High School District in an effort to help stop dangerous levels of bleeding during an emergency.

In 2018, Cambria, now a sophomore at Valencia High School, and her sister, Maci, a current freshman, saw the need to make their schools safer, and they began a campaign to create potentially life-saving “bleed kits.”

After partnering with the Hart District, WiSH Foundation and Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, their school safety dream was made a reality.

The assembled kits include tourniquets, clotting gauze, surgical gloves and other essential items intended to stop dangerous levels of bleeding due to an accident or other trauma.

Although the wound kits were hoped to only be a precautionary measure, they were brought into life-saving action during the immediate aftermath of the Saugus High shooting on Thursday, November 16.

Several “Keep the Pressure” wound kits were used by Saugus High students and staff, as well as first responders, to provide immediate aid to students injured during the shooting, according to witness accounts.

“Keep the Pressure” is headed up by the sisters with support from their parents, Dr. Bud Lawrence and Dr. Regan Lawrence.

While the kits were not expressly designed for gunshot wounds, their presence as a precautionary measure was proven to be a wise choice, a choice that the Lawrence sisters are now hoping to encourage outside of Santa Clarita.

“As a family, we are humbled and grateful that our kits were in the right place where they were needed,” said Dr. Bud Lawrence, an emergency room physician at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. “The girls have a mission to get these kits into as many classrooms, businesses, places of worship and even homes as possible. We do not make any money from selling these kits; we just want them to be in people’s hands should the need ever arise.”

The Lawrence sisters are now focused on extending the reach of the program to the national level, according to Lawrence.

Funded by charitable donations, Keep the Pressure has managed to supply over 1,200 bleed kits to the William S. Hart Union High School District. In addition to their work with the schools of the Hart District, Keep the Pressure has also donated kits for each of the vehicles used by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The sisters have not only taken an extra step to help the community, but are on track to save even more lives, according to their father.

“Although the initial kits placed in the Hart District were funded through private donations, further donations would help place more kits in places of need,” said Lawrence.

For more information on Keep the Pressure, visit their website here.

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Santa Clarita Teens Behind ‘Keep The Pressure’ Wound Kits Used In Saugus High Shooting

2 comments

  1. Hmm maybe just put that stuff in the first aid kits the classes should have already. Having gun wound kit publicity might encourage the unstable kid to make use of it. Lock those guns up parents you can’t trust your kids judgment.

  2. It’s sad this is normalized in today’s school the kids seem to just expect it will happen and no big deal

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About Jade Aubuchon

A Santa Clarita native, Jade has spent her whole life involved in community outreach. After graduating from Learning Post High in 2015, she went on to College of the Canyons to pursue a double major in English and Marketing. Jade spent several years as a ballroom dance performer for a local studio and has performed at public and private events throughout Santa Clarita.