Sussex Senator proposes school "panic exits"
By Frank Gerace

Updated Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 1:14am

State Senator Dave Lawson (R-Marydel)
A week after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut, a state Senator from Sussex County is proposing "panic exits" be installed in Delaware's schools.

Marydel Republican Dave Lawson wants to expedite research into the feasibility of building escape doors in ground-floor classrooms, to be used in case of emergencies.

The former state trooper plans to introduce a resolution he hopes will lead to legislation to fund construction of doors that could only be opened from the inside.

Lawson says students and teachers could use the doors to quickly leave a classroom in case of attacks, fires, bomb threats or other emergencies.

He says having a way for children to leave during an attack like the one in Connecticut is safer than locking a school down, which puts the students at the attacker's mercy.

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