GWU Students Demand Classroom Door Locks to Protect Against Shooters

Memos Suggest Legal Liability For Failure to Provide Inexpensive Protection Against Clearly Foreseeable Danger
 
 
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WASHINGTON - Sept. 11, 2019 - PRLog -- GWU Students Demand Classroom Door Locks to Protect Against Shooters
Memos Suggest Legal Liability For Failure to Provide Inexpensive Protection Against Clearly Foreseeable Danger

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (September 11, 2019) - The George Washington Association Student Senate unanimously passed a measure demanding that GWU install locks on all classroom doors to provide an effective but inexpensive measure to protect against an increasingly common situation for an active shooter on campus.

The measure provided that the doors be capable of being locked from inside the classroom by faculty or students since few will be brave enough to step out into the hall to engage a lock once an active shooter alert has been announced.

As reported by the university newspaper, "within days of passing the SBA legislation, law students received an email from Emily Hammond, the law school's senior associate dean for academic affairs, announcing that officials and Associate Vice President of Safety and Security Scott Burnotes will discuss the logistics of adding locks to classroom doors within the law school."

At least two law professors have warned that failure of the university to take this simple and very inexpensive measure to protect against the now clearly foreseeable risk of crime could result in massive legal liability.

To deal with an argument that the chances of a death from a shooting on campus might be too small to warrant installing classroom door locks, another law professor performed a cost-benefit analysis.  It showed that the benefits of saving lives - and not even including the additional benefit of preventing serious gunshot injuries including paralysis and permanent disability - outweighed the modest costs [$1,200 for the entire law school complex] almost 20 to one.

Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf, who as a former security consultant sponsored both student resolutions, notes that universities and other entities are required to take reasonable steps to protect those at risk from threats which are reasonably foreseeable.

In this regard the respected CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION has just reported that "So frequent are campus shootings that many of them become just a blip in the national consciousness"

Banzhaf cited numerous studies showing that installing simple and inexpensive classroom door locks are a very effective way of preventing students in a classroom from becoming clay pigeons for an active shooter Indeed, according to the experts, no active shooter has even entered a room which was locked.

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