Sunday 22 September 2019

School spends $48m to beat mass shooters

(Stock pic)
(Stock pic)

Nick Allen

A school in the United States has spent $48m (€43m) redesigning its buildings with curved corridors, hiding places, and cement barriers in a bid to thwart mass shooters.

The project at Fruitport High School, Michigan is aimed at reducing casualties in the event of an attack by hampering the sight lines available to a gunman in corridors.

Cement barriers are being installed in hallways where pupils and teachers can take cover. Windows looking on to hallways are being covered with impact-resistant film.

Each classroom will also have a corner, called a "shadow zone", that is not visible from the hallway. And school administrators will be able to lock all the doors in the building by pushing a button.

Bob Szymoniak, the school superintendent, said: "This will be the most secure building in the state of Michigan.

"These are going to be design elements that are just naturally part of [school] buildings going into the future."

He added: "If I go to Fruitport High School and I want to be an active shooter, I'm going in knowing I have reduced sight lines. It has reduced his ability to do harm."

The changes will be unveiled in December and could lead to other US schools taking similar measures. The design firm employed to draw up the safety features has previously worked on prison buildings.

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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