Traditional classroom function locksets are no longer recommended as the preferred lock function for classroom doors, as locking the door requires the door to be opened and a key inserted in the outside lever.

As more information has become available about the security measures that were in place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, attention has focused, in part, on the doors and hardware.  In a Texas Senate hearing held June 21, 2022, the exterior and classroom doors were discussed at length.

An article published today by NBC News does a good job of explaining the challenges of the traditional classroom function locksets that are common in existing schools. Below is an excerpt from this recent article.

NBC News: “Uvalde school’s classrooms lacked a basic security feature — and it’s missing across America”

The moment she heard the first pops of gunfire, the teacher knew what she had to do: She needed to make sure that her classroom door was locked. 

But at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that seemingly simple task would require her to take a life-threatening risk.

As most of her students crawled under their desks to take cover, she made eye contact with one child she had always given the same job during their lockdown drills, the teacher recalled in an interview. Without speaking, the student followed her to the classroom door. 

“Do you remember what we do?” the teacher asked the boy, trying to keep her voice calm.

The boy, with tears in his eyes, nodded and said, “Yes, ma’am.”

Continue reading the article from NBC News…

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