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Senator Wants 'Panic' Exits in Del. Classrooms


SMYRNA, Del. (WBOC)- A state senator in Delaware wants to look at putting "panic" exits in every first floor school room in the state.

That proposal is in response to the recent school shooting in Connecticut.

Many classrooms in the Smyrna School District have escape windows.

"Big enough windows that students could be able to get in and out," said Superintendent of Schools Debbie Wicks.

In fact, two-thirds of the rooms at North Smyrna Elementary have them.

And it is windows like these, and doors, that State Sen. Dave Lawson, R-Marydel, thinks Delaware should have as an easy way for students to get out quickly.

The former police officer believes that is a better option than the lockdown systems many schools use.

"They're controlled, but their out," he said. They're out of the danger instantly."

Lawson's resolution asks state agencies to study the idea.

"There's no force in it. The idea is to get something out there, get people talking about it, get it on the table, get something moving. Delay is not an option."

One of the most important things that will needed to be looked at is cost, which could be a lot to cover every school in the state.

Lawson is the first Delaware lawmaker to come out with a proposal connected to Sandy Hook. But he is probably not the last. There will likely be a number of proposals coming up as the legislative session gets going next week.
And if this resolution goes through, it may still be a while before anyone could say how feasible the plan is.

"I think we're all waiting to see what the research says," Wicks said. "I'm sure the whole country is looking at ways to keep kids safe."

Delaware lawmakers are also likely to introduce bills on gun control and mental health, in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, when they return to Dover next Tuesday.

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