Bill allowing schools to install bolt locks to barricade classroom doors passes

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  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Feb. 16, 2018 10:14 a.m.

    Twenty years ago I was talking to a friend with whom I had attended East High School back in the late '50s. Even with 1700 students we never had the need for a law enforcement officer. He told me that his biggest concern for his children in school in Ohio was not their education, it was their safety. That wasn't a concern of our parents. In Sugar City, Idaho, our high school has only about 450 students in a peaceful farming community and yet we have a full-time cop there. What has happened to our society that it's now necessary to have cops patrolling the halls of our schools? Can it be fixed?

    I know if I had children in large city schools today, I'd home school. There are great home schooling programs now and a small group of parents can get together and provide an excellent education for their kids without worrying about exposure to porn or gangs or violence or crime. I think it's a viable option.

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 15, 2018 5:05 p.m.

    I hope this bill doesn't result in anyone having regrets. Safety for emergency exiting has been compromised. Every time the legislature writes (or rather modifies) the national building codes safety takes a back seat to lobbyists and their interests. It has happened, apparently, yet again.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 15, 2018 4:14 p.m.

    Cowboy Poet said:

    "School lockdowns are a TRAP!

    In this particular case, a shooter fired through a window at students who were locked inside their classroom.

    Gun free zones are a TRAP!

    This doesn't happen in Israel, where schoolteachers are armed, and carry their weapons on them, and not locked in a box or safe."

    True, it doesnt happen in Israel...or Canada, England, France, Australia...It really only happens here in the 'land of the free' where we have the second amendment, the NRA and more guns than people*. Why do you think that is? Are we just lucky?

    *My house included.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 15, 2018 2:01 p.m.

    @patriot;
    "Today you can walk right into any high school without anyone checking who you are or what you are carrying. Can't do that at an airport or any government building or any corporation so why in the world do we allow it in our high schools?"

    Wow. So much wrong here. First of all, in my kid's school, after the early bell, the doors are locked. You have to push a buzzer, talk to the intercom (while in camera view) to be let in. You can walk into the SLC airport, into baggage claim, ticketing and car rental area, carrying as many guns as you can haul. The AR has been around since 1963, but not for public sale until the 1980's. They were very expensive and most people had to really want one. When their patent expired, many companies made knockoffs, bringing the costs from thousands to hundreds. Then, they started selling them in WalMarts and Big 5's. Many people own hi cap semi autos that shouldn't be allowed to own pellet guns. And all with no licensing, training or proficiency tests.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 15, 2018 1:14 p.m.

    this is a good step but much more must be done. Today you can walk right into any high school without anyone checking who you are or what you are carrying. Can't do that at an airport or any government building or any corporation so why in the world do we allow it in our high schools? Back in my teen era of the late 1970's you never heard of mass shootings in schools yet the AR15 has been around since 1963. So the guns are the same but the kids are not. High Schools must be hardened as targets just like we did with airports after 911. This is domestic terrorism and this is world we live in. Evil isn't going away and a person who is bent on killing will keep trying.

  • Cowboy Poet Vernal, UT
    Feb. 15, 2018 1:03 p.m.

    School lockdowns are a TRAP!

    In this particular case, a shooter fired through a window at students who were locked inside their classroom.

    Gun free zones are a TRAP!

    This doesn't happen in Israel, where schoolteachers are armed, and carry their weapons on them, and not locked in a box or safe.

    When I watched all those students running from the building with their hands in the air, as heavily armed men yelled orders, then forced to drop their backpacks and belongings in a large pile, and then compelled to wait on the lawn in a group, it reminded me eerily of scenes from Hollywood movies about the Holocaust.

    Did it strike anyone else that way?

    What have we become?

    What must this bode as the trend for our future?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 15, 2018 12:32 p.m.

    I wonder if they took time in their deliberations to consider that needing to install deadbolts on classroom doors to protect what they can during active shooter situations represents a colossal failure of lawmakers across the land to properly deal with the reasons why?