Apocalypse watch: New West Michigan school designed with hiding spots in case of mass shooting

People visit a memorial in the Oregon District, where a mass shooting early Sunday morning left nine dead and 27 wounded, on August 07, 2019 in Dayton, Ohio. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

As Republicans continue to refuse to solve America’s gun problem, desperate parents are sending their kids off to school in bulletproof backpacks.

And now a West Michigan school district is taking even more extreme measures.

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WTHR-TV in Indianapolis talked to Fruitport Schools Superintendent Bob Szymoniak about the $48 million renovations to the high school:

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

“To cut down on the sight lines if we have an active shooter in the building,” Szymoniak said.

By reducing the sight lines anyone with malicious intent would be unable to see the entire length of the hallway.

In what universe is this normal or acceptable?

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We could actually try to solve the real problem of easy access to military-style rifles, like the AR-15 the shooter in Dayton, Ohio, recently used to kill at least nine and injuring at least 27 people in just 30 seconds before police arrived on the scene.

Or we could just continue to live in terror, as we’ve done since the Columbine school massacre in 1999, and spend millions making our schools prisons, including cockamamie GOP ideas like arming teachers.

What we have done to two generations of children who are traumatized by hundreds of horrific school shootings is just unforgivable.
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Susan J. Demas is an 18-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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