Lawmakers pass bill allowing barricade locks on classroom doors

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Legislature has passed a bill that would allow school districts to install barricade locks on classroom doors, a vote that came after a school shooting killed 17 people in Florida.

Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, said Thursday he sponsored the bill after a man who wanted to donate the locks to an elementary school was told they weren’t allowed under fire codes.

Weiler says his bill would create an exception to those codes to allow the locks designed to prevent a school shooter from entering classrooms. It does not give schools funding for  the locks or require schools to install them.

The timing of the vote was coincidental, but came a day after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz gunned down students and staff at his former school in Parkland, Florida.

The legislation received unanimous approval in the House and Senate, including affirmative votes from all of Southern Utah’s legislators who were present for the vote.


Read more: See all St. George News reports on Utah Legislature 2018 issues


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  • utahdiablo February 18, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Here’s the deal folks, ….these locks are great, but what if a person comes in with a gun and locks themselves in with the kids and teacher inside the classroom? …We need metal detectors at all entrance doors and armed security at all schools period.

  • comments February 18, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    it seems a good idea. Just be ready for these psychos to pull fire alarms and other conniving things

  • Striker4 February 19, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Hey Prophet Bob you think you could elaborate further on ( conniving things ) ..considering your vast knowledge of conspiracies and all

    • comments February 19, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      I don’t know, dump, all the conspiracy stuff isn’t much interest to me anymore. Most of it isn’t credible, and I don’t have the time for such things.

      the ‘barricade locks’ seem like a good idea tho. its a good place to start.

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