Secure but not bulletproof

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

Wondering if the new glass security doors inside Oak Park and River Forest High School's main entrance are bulletproof? We were too.

Well, they're not, say the principal and the school's security chief.

The doors were installed three weeks ago. The floor-to-ceiling glass walls and doors enclose the Welcome Center, but they're not the eyesore we feared they'd be. Visitors checking in at the center are now buzzed in through the doors. Teachers and other staff scan their IDs to enter. The system was installed to better control who has access to the building, says Principal Nathaniel Rouse and Randy Braverman, the school's director of security, who was hired in the spring.

Secured entrances have become the norm in schools, both said. Braverman, who's a former police officer and Cicero schools security chief, says the doors are meant to slow down an intruder until staff can respond. Rouse noted that the main entrance's glass doors are not bulletproof either. So far this school year, the new doors haven't rankled students, parents or staff, Rouse said.

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