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Connecticut school design should stress security after Newtown -expert

ByREUTERS
January 11, 2014 01:35

HARTFORD, Conn.- The 2012 massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School illustrated how vulnerable Connecticut's older school buildings are, a security expert told a panel tasked with reviewing the shooting.

Gunman Adam Lanza found it "relatively easy" to shoot his way into the building, which had a wide open entry area, said Robert Ducibella, founder of DVS Security Consulting and Engineering and a member of the governor-appointed commission.

"This is a school built in 1954, and we know (Lanza) was easily able to shoot his way into the lobby and then get to his targets quickly," Ducibella said. "Future school design must make it both more difficult to penetrate buildings with stronger glazed glass, as well as adding vestibules and doorways. The longer you can delay entrance, the more time you are allowing police to arrive at the scene."

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