• #9
    The doors are locked from the *inside* which means the teacher can unlock it at any time to let students or other authorities in or out as needed. Further, those in authority would have the keys to unlocked the doors from the outside to prevent any form of abuse from going on inside the classroom. Then doors should ghave shades that can be pulled down to hide whether or not a classroom is occupied in the event of an armed attack.
    This is a no brainer.
  • #11
    Tornados and fires can't go through a locked door.... WTF?

    On my planet, you would lock classroom doors from the INSIDE so bad guys can't enter. If you need to leave you unlock and open the door..... JEEZE!!!!
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  • #17
    @Mogal I've been through a Tornado.... What I don't comprehend is how a locked door matters in one. Educate me...
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  • #36
    Locked doors from the outside will make students safer. The door should still be openable from inside the class room, and administrators can always have a master key for access.
  • #3
    You can lock the doors all you want, but if those doors aren't reinforced and have bulletproof glass windows, then it's pointless. Additionally, what about other natural disasters (i.e severe weather, earthquakes, etc.). What about bomb threats or fires? Sometimes, locking the children in a classroom is the worst option. Basically, this is not a "yes or no" question. All avenues have to be looked at here.
  • #62
    @Mogal for the record, I didn't trollbomb you. I actually agree with you on this one. There are too many variables on this subject and the unknowing are just basing their decisions off a potential school shooting. In many instances, it is actually more dangerous to lock up the classrooms.
  • #129
    ah DUH! Our government had "chatter" before 911 about planes being used as tools for destruction, but did they follow the Israelis lead by making cockpit cabinet hatches UN-breachable too? NOOOOOoo.
  • #127
    Technology can probably solve this issue. I would be in favor of having electronic locks that could be engaged in times of threat yet otherwise open. We could add a tax on gun purchases and ammo to cover the cost. I am a gun owner and would be willing to pay this tax. Failing that manual locks could be engaged in times of threat. You wouldn't save everyone and obviously anyone on the ground floor in a room with windows would be vulnerable but it might buy time.
  • #135
    Yes yes yes. My idea exactly...only downside I can think of (other then the obvious similarities to correctional facilities) is if some unlucky student hall pass when the lockdown goes into effect :-/
  • #137
    This is where I have to draw the line. Here in kentucky I pay on my personal property tax over $1,000.00 for school tax. I never went to school here, nor did my only child. In addition, my water bill, both phone bills, electric and gas bill all have school tax attached to them. I do not believe I should have to pay to educate someone else's child. The Amish do not have to pay this! Now you want to tax lawabiding gun owner's to protect children? Isn't that EVERYONE's responsibility? And BTW I guarantee if they do this that this money will be dumped into a general fund and used in other areas. Also when would that tax on ammo end when all schools are equipped with this device? It's just like when the politicians wanted the lottery in Virginia. They said "vote yes, and we'll get rid of the school tax on your utility bills." Guess what-they didn't and those taxes increased. Obama is going to ad taxes on guns and ammo anyway with his dictatorship. Bet none of that money goes to a single school for safety.
  • #156
    @MadAmerican I believe that it is the responsibility of all Americans to fund our public schools. Should it be that only fliers tax money goes to the TSA.
  • #76
    I'm for locked doors AND security cameras in every classroom and hallway. Teachers, for some reason, hate idea of cameras in their classrooms, but cameras have proven a useful deterrent to crime. Criminals don't know who might be watching. Not to mention, I think cameras would be great for those times when a teacher needs to show mom or dad that Little Johnny isn't the angel they think he is.
  • #155
    Locking class room doors wont stop it. locking doors to enter schools will, cause then a security guard can be placed at the locked doors will only allow those who have permission to enter and can search them before proceding futher.
  • #149
    And what do you do with a teacher or someone that works for the school goes nuts and does this...

    "The Bath School disaster is the historical name of the violent attacks perpetrated by Andrew Kehoe on May 18, 1927 in Bath Township, Michigan that killed 38 elementary school children and six adults, and injured at least 58 other people.[Note 1] Kehoe first killed his wife, fire-bombed his farm and set off a major explosion in the Bath Consolidated School, before committing suicide by detonating a final explosion in his truck. It is the deadliest mass murder in a school in United States history.[1]
    Andrew Kehoe, the 55-year-old school board treasurer"

    "Almost simultaneously, an explosion devastated the north wing of the school building, killing many schoolchildren. Kehoe had used a timed detonator to ignite hundreds of pounds of dynamite and incendiary pyrotol, which he had secretly planted inside the school over the course of many months."

    This act is still considered the worse school killing in history of the USA....he didn't use a gun or rifle or do you protect kids from a janitor whom was background check from doing the same thing that Kehoe did....
  • #148
    Lock the doors yes, but that doesn't replace having a few trained teachers/administrators/custod ians with .38 specials in their drawers.
  • #138
    How about... why not? Maybe he'll move on to look for an own one. If not then they are in the same best.
    I think security fence on the perimeter and armed security to open the office door with metal detector to pass through entrance. Like a bank essentially.
  • #128
    My classrooms have always been locked. Both my schools were literally steps away from a battered women's shelter, and nobody got in without authorization. It was a good system. I wish all schools had it. I hate that I could walk down the halls of my brother's school without anyone questioning my right to be there.
    The doors all locked from the outside, but not from the inside. So the locked door was no more of a barrier than any closed door would be if we had to get out.
  • #121
    Yes, from the inside with teacher control. It doesn't matter if exterior doors are locked. Any intruder would be slowed down by locked doors, and this extended time of gaining entry could save countless lives. We need to remember what is at stake here. So far the teachers and students still have no way of fighting back and most schools have not done anything more that has been already in place. Something as simple as locking a door is just good common sense. Kids lock their doors at home alot. Let's put away the "kids feel like they are in prison" theory. The older kids know what's at stake, and the young will adapt, just like they adapt to changing schools, teachers, and new friends.
  • #115
    If we are going to live in this gun- happy world, we have to rethink the way schools are designed and operated. Not only should the doors be locked, but they need to be bulletproof.
  • #113
    Locking classroom doors only provides a false sense of security, since (by simply pulling the fire-alarm) and waiting for the children to come to them, armed homicidal lunatics and criminals can easily defeat it.
    There is no substitute for prudently armed, capable, willing, and fully vetted (by the sheriff) private citizens on location (teachers, administrators, parents).
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