High school in Michigan being constructed with safe hiding places in case of shooting

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • A Michigan high school is being built with places to hide for students and staff in the event of a shooting.
  • According to ABC 13, the new Fruitport High School will feature controlled locks on all doors that will let district officials secure every room with just a push of a button.
  • Fruitport Superintendent Bob Szymoniak said the construction of the $48 million-school was prompted by the frequency of school shootings in the country.



A Michigan high school is being built with places to hide for students and staff in the event of a shooting.

ABC 13 reported that the new Fruitport High School will feature controlled locks on all doors that will let district officials secure every room with just a push of a button.

The construction of the $48 million-school will be finished in 2021. Fruitport Superintendent Bob Szymoniak predicts other schools are going to follow suit.

“These are going to be design elements that are just naturally part of buildings going into the future,” he told ABC 13.

According to Szymoniak, Fruitport High School will be equipped with an impact-resistant film on all classroom windows. The school is also designed with curved hallways so that a potential shooter will have reduced sightlines. He also said that barricades are added in the hallway for students to hide behind.

“To cut down on sightlines further, it also gives an opportunity for students to hide back behind and hopefully get help from within the classroom,” Szymoniak told the news outlet.

Priced at almost $50 million, the school has new additions and renovations to the existing buildings.

The Fruitport Superintendent said the school was designed with so many elements specifically to be prepared for a mass shooting inside the building. The decision was prompted by the frequency of school shootings in the country.

“This building will be the safest, most secure building in the state of Michigan when it opens,” Szymoniak said. “Our ask is that our community be very understanding, keep the eyes on the prize because when our high school is done, it’s going [to] be magnificent.”

 

Source: The HILL

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  1. Robert Gagliardi August 24, 2019

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