A Michigan town is making an investment of $48 million on construction updates for its high school. Typically, that may mean the addition of a state-of-the-art computer lab or perhaps a new practice field for the football team. But in present-day America, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the school is redesigning its campus not to improve students’ lives, but to protect them in the event of a mass shooting.
Recently Fruitport Superintendent Bob Szymoniak gave NBC News reporter Kate Snow a tour of the town’s under-construction high school, pointing out the various features that are being specifically designed to help students survive a mass shooting.
The school’s designers have curved its hallways to shorten a shooter’s line of sight and added superficially countless wing walls to give students “shadow zones” where they can hide. Impact-resistant film protects the windows outside classrooms, while a special lockdown system allows officials to isolate threats with just the push of a button.
In 2018, the U.S. witnessed 24 death- or injury-causing school shootings making it one almost every two weeks. Unfortunately, it’s almost a given that there will be dozens more before Fruitport even finishes its incredibly dystopian construction updates in 2021.
Of course, that could change if the U.S. takes action to prevent mass shootings but with the lives of its children at stake, authorities in Fruitport clearly aren’t waiting to find out if that’s the case.