Safe rooms put in all Quit­man class­rooms

The Sentinel-Record - - HOT SPRINGS/FYI -

QUIT­MAN — A school dis­trict in a small Arkansas city has in­stalled steel safe rooms in ev­ery class­room.

KTHV tele­vi­sion sta­tion re­ports that in­stalling the safe rooms cost Quit­man Pub­lic Schools al­most $1 mil­lion. The safe rooms can with­stand the force of tor­na­does in ad­di­tion to hand­gun and shot­gun rounds.

Fifty-three safe rooms were in­stalled across cam­pus, in­clud­ing larger ones in the cafe­te­ria and gym­na­sium.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Den­nis Truxler says he wanted to “take the best mea­sures pos­si­ble” to

“pro­tect as many as I could.”

Par­ent Su­san John­son says the safe rooms are re­as­sur­ing to her. She says, “There’s some­where they can get and be safe whether it’s a tor­nado or a shooter.”

Quit­man, which has a pop­u­la­tion of about 800 peo­ple, is lo­cated about 60 miles north of Lit­tle Rock.

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