US bases school corridors on WWI trenches to give pupils places to hide from mass shooters after 273 killed in 2019 alone

SCHOOLS in America are designing school corridors on WWI trenches to give pupils places to hide during a mass shooting.

Fruitport High School in Michigan is building curved hallways in a £40million renovation – a concept that was used by soldiers in the First World War.


Corridors are equipped with extra hiding areas for students[/caption]

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Muddy trenches were built in a zig-zag pattern so enemy soldiers wouldn’t have a clear line of sight[/caption]

Muddy trenches were built in a zig-zag pattern so enemy soldiers wouldn’t have a clear line of sight.

Now new corridors will also have jutting barriers that provide extra cover for students if a mass shooter opens fire in the school.

It comes after 273 people were killed in mass shootings in the US so far this year.


An epidemic of mass shootings across the US sparked the renovations, most recently the killing of seven people and further injuring of 21 innocent people in Odessa and surrounding areas in Texas.

Fruitport Superintendent Bob Szymoniak told The Washington Post :“If I go to FPH and I want to be an active shooter, I’m going in knowing I have reduced sightlines.

“It has reduced his ability to do harm.”

More than 228,000 American students have been exposed to gun violence during school hours in the last 20 years, with a shocking 24 school shootings in 2018 alone.

Other features allow all doors to be locked from the front office and film applied to glass to keep it from shattering.


Classrooms will be built with a “shadow zone” where a gunman looking in could not see students cowering along a side wall, said Matt Slagle, an architect for the project and director of K-12 projects at the TowerPinkster design firm.

The overhaul, which is mostly new construction, will finish in 2021, Szymoniak said, though students will arrive for class in two weeks and gradually take advantage of new spaces once they are constructed. “When we open it, it will be the most secure high school building in the state,” he said.

As well as the measures taken at Fruitport High School, US teachers now learn how to plug a bullet hole as part of their teacher training.

Teachers in Butler County, Ohio, were pictured frantically stuffing medical gauze into bloody-looking holes huge chunks of raw meat, meant to represent human flesh.


Superintendent Scott Gates said: “I’ve been in education for 26 years and I’ve never had to schedule a training like this.

“But it’s very important that our staff are trained.”

He added: “We are going to be using tourniquets and we are going to be using supplies to stuff wounds.

“These are the things that are going to keep our kids alive.”

And in Colorado, classrooms have been equipped with buckets and cat litter in the case of kids barricaded inside a classroom in the case of an active shooter having to relieve themselves.

Sharpies are supplied for writing the time in which tourniquets were applied, and candy helps diabetic children with low blood sugar hiding in darkness.

“I don’t know if this is the new normal, but it certainly gives cause of concern,” the Superindednat said.

The firm designing the new super-safe high school, Slagle also designs prisons.

Since school-shooters are often students themselves, extra so extra secret features such as locks and hiding areas are implemented specifically to be difficult to overcome – even with inside knowledge.

“Unfortunately, that’s the way things are now,” Slagle said, describing mass shootings. “We’ll never make it completely safe from someone who desires to cause harm.”

Fruitport High School

The plans for the renovations, which will be completed in 2021[/caption]

Fruitport High School

Fruitport High School is undergoing extreme measures to keep their students safe[/caption]

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