Alabama Has New Plan To Protect Kids From School Shootings
A school shooting took place Monday at Covenant Christian School in Nashville. Three children, three adults, and the 28-year-old trans-female shooter were killed.
School shootings are devastating and traumatic events that can have long-lasting effects on the victims, their families, and the community. These incidents involve an individual or individuals entering a school or educational facility and opening fire on students and staff, often resulting in multiple injuries and fatalities.
In the case of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, if there was a classroom saferoom installed in the school, it could have potentially provided a secure location for students and staff to shelter in place until law enforcement arrived. Safe rooms are typically designed with fortified walls and doors that are resistant to gunfire and can provide a secure barrier between the occupants and the shooter.
"A School in Alabama is testing a bulletproof pullout room that is meant to shelter students and staff during active shooter situations. It's called a rapid access safe room and it can create a shelter in about 10 seconds.
Creator Kevin Thomas told the Washington Post that the idea came to him after the shooting in Uvalde. Thomas said he sees it as a temporary solution and hopes it goes out of business when there's no more need for it.
About 30 people can fit in the 8 by 8 shelter which locks from the inside with the key. The space when not being used as a shelter functions as a whiteboard or a quiet reading corner.
Each shelter costs about $50000 to build. However, Thomas said he hopes to receive funding from other US industries."
Cullman City Schools Superintendent Kyle Kalhoff said the system “can make a difference between life or death in the unimaginable school shooter situation.”
While a classroom safe room may not completely eliminate the risk of harm during a school shooting, it can provide a valuable layer of protection for those inside and potentially save lives.