Ohio Standards Board Opposes School Barricade Devices

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s building standards board has taken a strong position against the installation of barricade devices on doors in the event of an active shooter in a building.

The board says many of the devices require specialized skills to install and then several steps to remove from a door to allow people to leave a room.

The board’s strongly worded conclusions released Friday come just weeks after a new law pushed by schools and device manufacturers went into effect prohibiting the state fire code from banning such devices.

Michael Duchesne, a spokesman for the board, says the report was begun before the law changed and the board will now adopt new rules to comply with the law.