Under proposal, schools could install barricade devices on classroom doors

With school shootings occurring more often across the nation, Republican lawmakers are considering allowing barricade devices inside classrooms, but the proposal faces stiff opposition from fire personnel.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Robert Brooks (R-Saukville) and Sen.Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville), would change the Department of Public instruction code that prevents districts from installing barricade devices. Both Republicans said during a criminal justice and public safety committee hearing they believe the idea would prevent an active shooter from entering a classroom. 

“This is being proactive, instead of reactive,” said Rep. Brooks. “When you think about an active shooter incident, teachers have been trained to barricade the doors by pilling up desks. I’m pretty sure that would violate any fire codes that I’ve ever heard of.”

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