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Ohio school districts are urged to wait to buy classroom barricades
The state Board of Building Standards is considering guidelines for blocking doors
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


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The Ohio Board of Building Standards is urging school districts to hold off on purchasing classroom barricades meant to keep out an active gunman.

The board is considering changes in guidelines for blocking doors, and until then, it wants schools to keep observing current safety rules. State Impact Ohio’s Mark Urycki reports.

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As part of the state budget bill passed in July, the Ohio Board of Building Standards was ordered to come up with new rules that allow barricades in schools. One of the sponsors, Rep. Kristina Roegner of Hudson, said a company in her city makes barricades that require pulling just one pin so students can get out. She says it should take only one or two steps. 

“Obviously there’s a shooter, you’re in a state of panic, you’re not thinking clearly. You don’t want to have to remember which way to screw something in, ... you need to be simple.” 

But the Board of Building Standards says Ohio’s current building code still requires that people can exit a door without more than one operation or without any special knowledge. Licking County was ordered to remove its barricades last year. New safety guidelines are expected by March.

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