State Representative Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) and State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Copley) announced today that an amendment which will allow schools the option of utilizing more effective barricading options to protect Ohio’s children will remain in the Ohio budget for FY 16 – FY 17. It closely emulates House Bill 114, sponsored by Representatives Roegner and Bischoff, as well as its Senate companion legislation, Senate Bill 125, sponsored by Senators LaRose and Hottinger. The state operating budget, Am. Sub. House Bill 64, was signed into law last night by Governor Kasich at the Ohio Statehouse.

“Sadly, in our world today, no place is immune from attacks,” said Roegner. “This legislation will provide the clarity that school districts need so that they can move forward and confidently install the appropriate lifesaving barricades that could prevent yet another tragedy here in Ohio.”

“The training that educators receive teaches them to barricade their classroom doors in certain circumstances involving school shootings, but the only option that teachers currently have to protect students from intruders when it is necessary to barricade a door is the unreliable—and potentially hazardous—process of stacking chairs and desks against classroom doors,” said Senator LaRose. “This amendment ensures that teachers can use safer and more effective methods in these situations to protect children.”

Many companies produce barricade devices that make blocking a door in an emergency situation safer and easier, and less cumbersome and risky than using desks, chairs, filing cabinets, etc.

The amendment requires the Board of Building Standards to adopt rules for the use of a barricade device on a school door in an emergency situation and would prohibit the State Fire Code from prohibiting the use of the device in such a situation.

It specifies the following rules for the barricade devices:

  • Prevent both ingress and egress through a door for a finite period of time in an emergency

  • Would only be permissible with minimal number of steps to remove after it is engaged

  • May require that the device be visible from the exterior of the door

  • Shall not be permanently mounted to the door

  • Shall require training and that record be kept verifying training

  • Shall require administrative authority to notify the police and fire chiefs, or equivalents, prior to the use of such devices in a building.

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