New Jersey school district installs bulletproof doors in wake of mass shootings

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Thursday, August 29, 2019
NJ school district installs bulletproof doors
Anthony Johnson reports on new measures being taken by one school district in New Jersey to prevent school shooting deaths

HARRINGTON PARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- In the wake of mass shootings across the country, one New Jersey school district is installing bullet-proof doors.

The Harrington Park School District has purchased more than 50 of the 150-pound steel doors for the K-8th grade school at a cost of $2,500 each.

"We wanted family members to see the door and not think, 'Oh my God, what's this?'" Superintendent Dr. Adam Fried said "It's is a passive way of knowing, 'I'm comfortable. This is OK.'"

The doors represent another layer of safety to protect students in case of a mass shooting like the tragedies we have seen in Columbine, Sandy Hook and Parkland.

"I think they're a very good addition to the classroom and the whole school, because there has been trouble with dropping kids off and maybe not seeing them again," sixth grader Julia Delgrande said.

The doors have a special locking mechanism, so in the case of someone trying to break into the classroom, the door is double bolted to the frame -- making it impossible to open. And the glass is bullet proof.

"When I read reports about staff and administrators throwing themselves in front of harm's way, I would be remiss if I didn't do this to protect my family," Fried said.

The company that makes the door is in Israel, and the district used a special savings account to buy the doors so it would not impact the overall school budget.

But officials say the safety features are worth every dime.

"We have to face what the reality is," mom Charlene Delgrande said. "We have to keep our kids safe and secure."

Other school districts in the area have taken notice to the steps Harrington Park has taken, putting in orders for the doors as well.


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