Assemblymember O’Donnell Introduces Bill to Require Indoor Classroom Locks
AB 3205 addresses campus safety concerns in the wake of Florida tragedy
(SACRAMENTO) –Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) is introducing a new measure in response to public outcry for improved security on school campuses. Assembly Bill 3205 comes in the aftermath of the recent Florida shooting that left 17 dead, including a teacher who died saving his students while trying to lock his classroom door from the outside.
AB 3205 would 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.
“The casualties at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida remind us that we need to do more to protect our children, teachers and school staff,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. “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.”
The bill now awaits referral to its first policy committee.
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.
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