Owasso Public Schools installs security doors

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 8/13/2013 10:18 am Published: 8/12/2013 5:57 pm

FOX23 has uncovered new safety precautions at a local school district.

Owasso Public Schools installed security doors at every school in the district. It's just one way the school plans to keep out unwanted guests.

Student safety is the top priority at Ator Elementary school, and that's why they've installed the new doors. They want to make sure strange people aren't walking the halls.
Melody Egger is a teacher and a parent.

"I feel much safer with the doors," Egger said. "It's kind of a necessary evil, because I do remember the days when parents and guests could come and go freely."

Unfortunately, a rise in school violence, most recently the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, changed that. Now districts are being forced to find new ways to protect kids.

When someone goes to an Owasso public school, they won't be able to just walk right in. They’ll have to push a button and tell the receptionist why they are there.

Then she'll decide whether or not to buzz them in the door.

"It's something we definitely took to heart and wanted to get into the system as soon as possible," Principal Jodi Gilliland said.

She knows the doors won't prevent a tragedy from happening, but they will add one more barrier for someone looking to cause trouble.

"It give us a little bit more time," she said, meaning they could have minutes instead of seconds to set the school's crisis plan in motion.

The doors are enough to help Egger from worrying.

"It's just peace of mind to know she [her daughter] is safe and people must check in or be buzzed in." So kids can go to school every morning to learn, and come home safely every night.

These changes aren't just happening Ator elementary, they're happening all across the district.

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