A decision four years ago to install special lockdown locks on classroom doors at Oxford High School likely saved lives during the shooting spree last week. The locks were specifically made for classrooms by a Michigan company named Nightlock. They have sold door locks to about 10,000 districts across the country.
Oxford started installing the locks in 2017. One version installed works on doors that swing outward or inward. Another version works on outward swinging doors which most classroom doors are. Oxford had a mix of both locks at the high school and districtwide. The locks average about $50 per door.
The alleged shooter never entered a classroom during the shooting spree that killed four students and wounded six more students and a teacher. Those killed and wounded were fired upon in the hallways.