The Illinois state Senate passed a bill in early April that will allow schools to add barricades to classroom doors, making it the fourth state in the Midwest to allow barricades, for an extra measure to help ensure student safety.
Kansas, Michigan and Ohio already allow the barricades, and other states permit individual districts to institute their own security procedures.
The Illinois bill must be approved by the state house of representatives and signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker to become law.
The Barracuda, a budget-friendly and quickly installed intruder defense system manufactured by the BILCO Company of Connecticut, has been purchased by school districts, businesses, churches, military bases and other groups throughout the country to provide an extra layer of protection against intruders.
“It’s important to note that the Barracuda will not prevent an attack from occurring,’’ said Troy Lowe, CEO of Silverback Safety and designer of the Barracuda.
“Its function is to provide an extra layer of protection to those who are unable to remove themselves from the area under attack and find themselves in a situation where they must barricade in place.”
(Hear directly from Troy Lowe, who designed the Barracuda Intruder Defense System. Secure doors in seconds against unwanted intruders. Courtesy of Global Industrial and YouTube. Posted on Apr 3, 2017.)