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Thread #149313 Message #3474450
Posted By: Ebbie
01-Feb-13 - 12:16 PM
Thread Name: BS: Death Trap Schoolrooms
Subject: RE: BS: Death Trap Schoolrooms
Fire safety will always be important; that is always factored in. In the USA, there are sprinklers, monitors, firewalls and doors and alarms, posted exit charts and admonitions as well as other things I don't know about. In addition, there are frequent and random fire drills. Fire safety is important.
Terrorist attacks are harder. The human element makes it less predictable and more difficult to guard against; humans, whether they are aged 60 or 16, are endlessly inventive and may probe until they find the one chink in the armor. And as they say, We have to succeed every time, they need only succeed once.
That said, any added safety feature may well help. A second door, to my mind, is an added safety measure. A room with only one exit, I repeat, is a death trap.
Schools in Alaska cities now routinely lock their exit doors at a certain hour, and any latecomer must ring and use the intercom.
Some classrooms now lock automatically when class is in session.
How about an emergency alarm that warns every classroom that there is an intruder in the building? One of the mystifying elements in the Sandy Hook massacre is that the killer reportedly shot out a window or glass door, and that a guard saw it.
It is all well and good to plan to change our society from the violent one we have to a more peaceable one. Good luck with that, any time soon.