- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio’s commerce director wants a state panel to review the building code in the wake of a decision that blocks schools from using security barricades intended to stop a gunman.

The Columbus Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1BGFx7x ) reports Commerce Director Andre Porter sent a letter Monday to the head of the Board of Building Standards, saying safety codes must be re-examined to ensure they address ever-changing threats. Porter says the board should examine intruder-related scenarios in addition to fires and other emergencies that prompt school evacuations.

The letter comes after parents in the Southwest Licking school district in central Ohio were told that the intruder-defense systems they wanted to install violate the state’s building code. The district appealed, but a board within the Department of Commerce voted against the barricades last week.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com

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