(SFEXAMINER) — An elementary school in Bayview-Hunters Point is one of two public schools in San Francisco where multiple classes are held in open spaces, eliciting outrage from parents in recent weeks that the design could leave students vulnerable in the event of a school shooting.
Such a concern, coupled with worries that the open-pod classrooms are too noisy and thus distracting for children, have prompted San Francisco Unified School District officials to explore a major overhaul of the interior of the building.
Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac in The City’s predominantly black southeast, George Washington Carver Elementary School was built with doorless classrooms in 1972 — decades before schools became frequent settings for mass shootings across the U.S.
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Since the Columbine massacre in 1999, schools have installed special locks on doors that can be locked from both the inside and outside, so if there’s an active shooter on campus, a teacher can protect students behind a secured door.