Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is getting dragged after stating that Texas schools need to look at limiting the number of entrances and exits to ensure student safety:

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This isn’t a controversial idea. For example, Sandy Hook in Connecticut is being rebuilt with school safety in mind. From The Atlantic:

Understandably, the Sandy Hook community still has raw emotions about school safety. And the architects have tried to balance those sentiments with the practical and aesthetic needs of a school, implementing state-of-the-art security features that are unobtrusive, in some cases hidden to the naked eye. The design includes  features that buffer students from the outside without bombarding them with safeguards. For example, the site plan includes a bioswale, or “rain garden,” sitting between the new building and the parking lot. On architectural renderings, the area looks like a shallow moat with stones in front of the school and acts as a first line of defense, guarding children if someone were to enter the property through one of the three entrances. It also harnesses natural resources and serves educational purposes. “The bioswale does triple duty,” McFadden explained. “Yes, it ends up being an added security feature, but it also is a learning tool for children in front of the school about how water works and how we can mitigate pollutants that we contribute to our environment. The bioswale filters water by collecting rain from the roof that funnels into the garden plants and then goes into the aquifer.”

And from CBS MarketWatch after the Parkland shooting:

School entrances should function more like banks. Hallways and entrances are being designed so teachers can easily spot who is moving around a school. Additionally, they should be organized such that they can be locked or closed off if needed, said Jim Childress, principal at Connecticut-based architectural firm Centerbrook Architects.

“There should be layers of zoning,” he said. “Even if the intruder gets past the front entrance and students can take shelter in different areas, so the intruder has a hard time moving through the school itself.

The issue in Texas — and everywhere else — is what to do about old construction that doesn’t have any of these architectural safety features. That’s what Patrick is talking about, and it’s a necessary debate.

But for some reason, Patrick is being ridiculed for it. Some examples from the blue-check mob:

Of note, the media orgs who employ the people above all are in buildings that limits the number of entrances and exits and has significantly more people in it than a typical high school. It’s common sense.

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