An Arkansas father and a high school principal are behind one of the latest advancements in the fight to keep students safe from active shooter situations. The Speed Screen, developed and manufactured by the security company Six One Six Intrusion Protection Products, can be attached to any classroom door with a window. The device, which deploys in seconds, will cover the door’s window and prevent intruders from being able to view into classrooms.
The screen comes with a small hole that allows anyone inside the classroom to see out, but it doesn’t allow people on the other side of the window to see in. This makes it easier for staff and students to verify if the person knocking on the door is a first responder or an intruder attempting to get through a barricade.
The Principal With a Plan
Jon Purifoy, Farmington High School’s principal, tells Parentology he came up with the idea after seeing a similar curtain hanging in one of his teacher’s classrooms. Although he liked the concept, he knew for a curtain to be an effective security measure, it would need a few adjustments.
“I called Kevin [Guinn] and told him I needed something that would go down fast,” Purifoy says. “People get nervous [in these types of situations], so I wanted him to add numbers to it to make it easier for first responders and victims to identify what room they’re in.”
The concept was that if someone was calling the police from inside the classroom, they would easily be able to let first responders know exactly what room they were in, even if they forgot in a moment of panic.
The Dad with an Idea
When Principal Purifoy first went to Kevin Guinn, owner of Six One Six Intrusion Protection Products, Guinn was excited about the idea of being able to do something to protect not only his daughters, who are students in the district, but everyone else in the school. After his initial talk with Purifoy, Guinn began brainstorming the best design concept. Shortly thereafter, he had a prototype for the school to test out.
Guinn tells Parentology possibilities for personalizing the Speed Screen are endless. “They do so much more than cover windows,” he explains, adding that the screens can be customized to each school’s specifications.
Some of the more important things Guinn thinks districts should consider adding are classroom numbers, a bullet point list of lockdown procedures and a list of basic first aid steps in the event anyone inside the classroom has been injured.
“When the adrenaline is pumping, it’s easy to forget what’s going on,” Guinn says, adding that having a visual reminder with a list of steps to take, or even just a reminder of what room you’re in, helps in an emergency.
Rolling Out the Speed Screen
Although installation is quick, Farmington High School won’t be fully outfitted with speed screens until after Thanksgiving break. Once each room has screens installed, they’ll become part of Farmington’s twice a year ALICE training — an acronym that stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate — training Purifoy says take place from high school all the way through kindergarten in his district.
The screens are just one of the many safety measures the school has in place to protect its 600 staff and students. It’s now a consideration more districts are making when designing school buildings for “generation lockdown.”
Speed Screen — Sources
Jon Purifoy, principal Farmington High School
Kevin Guinn, owner Six One Six Intrusion Protection Products