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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Architects Warn Sandy Hook Panel of Security Limits

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By Michael Gambina

www.ctmirror.org

School architects gave the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission a blunt lesson today in the limits of physical security measures, warning that the best architecture can do against an attacker like Adam Lanza would be to slow him until law enforcement can arrive.

“We can mitigate risk, we can delay risk, we can control risk, but there really is nothing we can do to guarantee a risk-free environment,” said James LaPosta Jr., principal and chief architectural officer with JCJ Architecture in Hartford.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy created the commission to recommend public policy changes, including looking at school building standards, in response to Lanza’s assault on Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he shattered a locked door with rifle fire, then killed 20 children and six educators.

Putting school violence in context, LaPosta emphasized that incidents like the one in Newtown, although horrific, are a rarity and not the only threat faced in school environments.

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Posted 02/16 at 02:25 AM

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