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Schools rethink building design to protect students from mass shooters

The mass shooting at a South Florida high school has revived conversations around how to make schools safer for students and teachers alike.

The gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, killed 17 people and injured many more at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Cruz’s attack on his former high school exposed the ways in which certain security measures can fail short.

He managed to get onto the school’s campus because the gates surrounding the campus were open to let school buses in ahead of dismissal. He pulled the school’s fire alarm, prompting students and teachers to begin exiting the building.

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