School Banned From Using $30k Of Donated Locks

We've had a few discussions and updates on the net benefit or harm of retrofit barricade door locks. You might remember these recent posts:

Lori Greene published an update detailing a school system where over $30,000 worth of a retrofit barricade type lock were purchased by parents, but the local fire marshals have forbidden them from being installed or used.

The objection centers around the barricade lock design being noncompliant with emergency egress codes. If used, these locks potentially trap people inside the room it is being used to protect.

However, schools are looking for inexpensive ways to improve lockdown security for students, and retrofit barricade locks are a cheap(er) way of doing that.

What do you think? Should emergency egress codes be relaxed to allow for these locks?

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