Joshua Morrison/News With a flip of the wrist, this door would become secured during any lockdown event at the Mount Vernon High School. The Rapid Barricade, a temporary locking device developed locally, is in place at the high school and middle school and will soon be available to the rest of the district schools.

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With a flip of the wrist, this door would become secured during any lockdown event at the Mount Vernon High School. The Rapid Barricade, a temporary locking device developed locally, is in place at the high school and middle school and will soon be available to the rest of the district schools. Request this photo

 

MOUNT VERNON — Following school safety measures passed at the March Mount Vernon City Schools board of education meeting, brand new safety devices have been installed on all of the doors in the high school and middle school.

“The devices function as a rapid release barricade,” explained MVCSD Maintenance Supervisor Rick Shaffer. “These are the only barricades that are ADA and fire code compliant.”

These rapid barricades can be engaged by the flip of a finger, according to Shaffer, and can be just as easily disengaged to allow for easy evacuation. There is also a tool available that is able to temporarily disengage the barricade to allow access from the outside of the room, if they are accidentally engaged.

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