KINGS MILLS, OH (FOX19) - School safety is always of the highest importance to insure students and staff can get the most out of their school day and education. Here in the Tri-State, our schools are taking important steps to amp up school security, and in the Kings Local School District it has gone a step further.
District-wide, they have installed a device called the "Bearacade."
It's a simple concept.
The device hangs next to the door with easy access for a teacher or student. When notified that the school is on lockdown, the device slips under the door, a pin is dropped through the device into a hole in the floor, and the door is jammed, unable to open from the outside.
"'Bearacade' likes to say in the matter of time it takes a student to say the Pledge of Allegiance, a teacher can take this device off of the wall next to the door, slide it in place, drop a pin in and the door is barricaded," says Tim Spinner, interim superintendent at Kings Local.
The device was developed here in the state of Ohio by a northern Ohio company after the 2012 Chardon High School shooting. Online, the device is listed at $50 a unit.
But Spinner says this device is just one piece of the puzzle to keeping students and staff safe.
The school participates in many different forms of safety training.
The staff has been trained on "A.L.I.C.E." which stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and evacuate. The school has also invested in glass coverings that fortify the glass on the inside and outside. Spinner also says the school has gone through a series of white papers, which are reports and guides that help solve situational problems.