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March 20, 2013

New Prague incident prompts St. Clair schools to go on "modified lockdown"

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ST. CLAIR —

Bruels said they are well into the planning phase and they’ll probably implement some of the changes next fall. Among the changes will be a buzz-in system at the school’s entry. Also, they’re considering a series of locked boxes near building entrances. The boxes would contain keys to the entrance to allow law enforcement or firefighters access to the building.

Next year a film may be used to cover classroom windows. Bruels said that, during a school shooting situation, it’s critical a potential shooter not be able to see inside a classroom.

“Most of these things probably can be done without an exorbitant hit to the budget,” he said.

When the new security measures are in place next year, Bruels expects students and parents will notice that things have changed, and it’s not going to feel the same walking into the school.

“Yes, it will be a change,” he said. “But I think people understand the inconvenience created is outweighed by the safety created for our students.”

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