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Thread #149313 Message #3473627
Posted By: Rapparee
30-Jan-13 - 04:55 PM
Thread Name: BS: Death Trap Schoolrooms
Subject: RE: BS: Death Trap Schoolrooms
Simply to deal with any potential gunman you could simply reinforce the doors and door locks, as has been done on airliners.
Fire, on the other hand, is far more likely. A second door would be a good idea, but only if it exited into another area than that from which the fire was likely to come. An even better idea is sprinkler systems and other fire suppression systems -- which I believe are already required in schools in the US. Windows from which signals to rescuing firefighters can be displayed should also be required -- not to jump from, but to signal from. Ask a firefighter.
Going back to the hypothetical gunman: the police do NOT want any more people running around than they can help (which is a cogent point against those who would allow college students to carry arms "just in case"). Reinforced doors (and walls if need be) with good locks would permit the police to clear the building quickly -- signal systems can and have been devised to indicate the status of people sheltering in a room. Ask a knowledgeable cop.