AB 3205 - Every Teacher Should Be Able to Lock Their Doors in an Emergency
Assembly Bill 3205 addresses campus safety concerns in the wake of Florida and Texas tragedies.
The momentum our students are building as they fight for improved campus safety cannot be ignored. The casualties at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, and the lives lost at Santa Fe High School in Texas, remind us that we need to do more to protect our children, teachers and school staff.
AB 3205 will require school districts to install indoor classroom locks in older schools. Schools built after 2012 are already required to have locks that lock from the inside of the classroom. The majority of California school buildings are more than 25 years old. In the event of a campus emergency, teachers in schools without indoor locks must go outside to lock their doors, leaving them vulnerable to threats or attacks.
Our students are marching and organizing walkouts fighting for campus safety, and it is our responsibility to provide protection in both older and new schools.
As a parent, a teacher, and Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I believe that allowing teachers to lock a classroom door from the inside can save lives.
-Patrick O'Donnell, Assemblymember 70th District