Closing the bulletproof door on real gun violence solutions

Closing the bulletproof door on real gun violence solutions

Tony Deering, CEO of Goose Creek-based R2P Innovations, stands in front of a classroom-style door his company built to survive rounds fired from high-powered military rifles. At a press conference on June 28, 2018, Deering announced his company will install bulletproof doors in three Charleston County schools this fall as part of a free pilot program, possibly equipping every classroom door in the district later down the road. Paul Bowers/Staff Many of our best teachers had open-door policies, meaning students were free to raise questions or concerns even when class wasn’t in session. Now, three schools in the Charleston County School District are set to roll out an armored-door policy. As in virtually bulletproof. Last month, representatives of Goose Creek-based R2P Innovations met with the Charleston County School Board to announce that three local schools will serve as trial subjects for installing new bullet-resistant doors. It’s only a trial run for now, because the district isn’t sure students will be able to open the newer, heavier doors. Obviously, upgrades to school safety are essential in the wake of dozens of tragic shootings in the past few decades. Thousands of American schoolchildren have lost friends and teachers to mass shooters in just the past year. Something must be done. But it is an indictment of our societal dysfunction and the inaction of our state and federal legislatures that rather than addressing the root problem — gun violence — we are putting armor plating designed for warfare inside our schools. Frankly, […]

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