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Michigan High School Spends $48 Million To Create Safe Spaces In The Event Of A Mass Shooting

FRUITPORT, Mich.(WTHR) — Construction workers at the Fruitport School District in Michigan are working to finish portions of a major project that will be used by its staff and students.

The new Fruitport High School, which costs $48 million, will include renovations to the existing building and major new sections, KCEN-TV reported.

The design of the new sections includes safe spaces that can be used to protect students in the event of a shooting and long curved hallways that would offer protection too.

Cement block bump outs are also placed in the curved hallways, KCEN-TV reported.

“To cut down on sight lines further, it also gives an opportunity for students to hide back behind and hopefully get help from within the classroom,” Fruitport Superintendent Bob Szymoniak.

Szymoniak said that adding these layers of safety will give staff and students time while police respond.

“This building will be the safest, most secure building in the state of Michigan when it opens,” he told KCEN-TV. “Our ask is that our community be very understanding, keep the eyes on the prize because when our high school is done it’s going be magnificent.”

The full project is expected to be completed by 2021.

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