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UPDATE: Riverside begins installing door locks

(Source: Matt Ziegler) (Source: Matt Ziegler)
LAKE CITY, AR (KAIT) -

UPDATE Sept. 6:  The Riverside School District began installing the u-locks on various doors on campus.

The locks consist of a red bar in the shape of a U that slides into two metal pieces fastened to the door and the frame.


UPDATE July 26: The Riverside School District told Region 8 News their campaign was more successful than they thought.

Instead of the original 70 locks, the school was able to get 80.

They said they were glad they were able to provide extra security on campus.

Installation of the locks should begin soon.


Three Riverside students are working to make their school safer against possible shooters and other threats.

They have started an Adopt-A-Door campaign.

The students are asking community members to adopt one of the 70 classroom doors in the Riverside School District.

A person can adopt a door for $60 and the money will go to purchasing a special lock for a shooter on campus situation.

Wyatt Wheaten is one of the students involved in the program and explained why he wanted start it.

“I want to keep this school safe,” Wheaton said. “My little sisters go to this school and a bunch of my friend's siblings go to this school and I want to keep them safe if at all possible. Keep everybody in this school safe if something bad were to happen.”

After the students saw the man with a gun on Arkansas State University’s campus, they decided to push the project forward and get started.

They currently have about seven doors adopted and will work until all 70 have locks.

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