Senate bill would let schools add better locks to defend against potential shooters

Jan 23, 2018, 2:24 PM | Updated: 7:33 pm
...

UTAH STATE CAPITOL – A Utah Senator is hoping his bill would give educators more of a fighting chance against a potential school shooter.  Some school district officials say they like the flexibility the bill would give if it passes.

Senator Todd Weiler says he started drafting SB 87 after a concerned father wanted to put locks on individual classroom doors of his daughter’s school, but, was told installing those particular locks would violate fire state fire code.  “The school districts are handcuffed by the state law. So, I’m trying to take those handcuffs off,” he says.

Weiler says he’s seen some locks that can be opened by police or fire crews from the outside if necessary.  Emergency officials in other states highly recommend them.  However, the decision on whether or not the locks would be installed would be up to the school districts.

The debate on whether or not the locks should be installed could become quite heated, according to Weiler.  He says there are some parents who could be completely against them.  He says, “The concern on the flip side is, ‘What if a sexual predator gets inside and then locks the door and now he has unfettered access to the children and nobody can get in?’”

That’s a concern shared by some representatives of the Granite School District.  Spokesman Ben Horsley says, “That’s something that’s always in the back of our minds as we evaluate any type of security enhancement.”

Currently, there are locks on individual classrooms in the Granite School District, according to Horsley.  However, he says the district would like having the options of adding new safety measures to keep a shooter away from children.  “We feel comfortable with the type of lock-down protocols and security measures we already have in place, but, those are always being enhanced and improved,” Horsley says.

Today’s Top Stories

Intermountain drone delivery...
Chris Jacobs

Intermountain Healthcare and Zipline launch drone delivery service

A new drone delivery system by Intermountain Healthcare and Zipline is unveiled on Oct. 4. The program will service the Salt Lake Valley.
8 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) with Ukrainian separatist regional leaders Vladimir Saldo (L),...
Olga Voitovych and Joshua Berlinger, CNN

Russian Parliament begins process to rubber-stamp annexations as Moscow struggles to define borders

Despite there being no set boundaries, Russia's parliament began the process of approving Vladmir Putin's decision to annex part of Ukraine.
8 hours ago
Zachary Snarr Yvette Rodier The Letter suvivor guilt...
Amy Donaldson

“The Letter” – Survivor guilt after the death of Zachary Snarr

Surviving the shooting that claimed the life of Zachary Snarr stole the small things and gave Yvette Rodier a type of guilt she didn't expect.
8 hours ago
FILE - This photo provided by the North Korean government shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un del...
Yoonjung Seo, Emiko Jozuka, Junko Ogura, Brad Lendon and Simone McCarthy, CNN

Japan issues rare alert as North Korea fires missile without warning over main island

The US Indo-Pacific Command also released a statement saying American commitments to the defense of Japan and South Korea "remain ironclad."
8 hours ago
NWSL...
David Close and Eric Levenson, CNN

Investigation finds systemic abuse, misconduct within women’s professional soccer

The report was based on more than 200 interviews and reveals the National Women's Soccer League failed to provide a safe environment for players.
8 hours ago
(Getty Images)...
Mark Jones

Man in possession of fentanyl pills, heroin arrested at SLC airport

A Weber County man was charged in court after being arrested last week in possession of roughly 4,100 fentanyl pills and 378 dosages of heroin.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Senate bill would let schools add better locks to defend against potential shooters