Brooklyn school first in NYC to install bullet-resistant doors

David Caplan
August 12, 2019 - 3:35 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Crown Heights Jewish girls schools has installed steel doors with bullet-resistant windows -- the first school in New York City to enact such a measure to protect students from an active shooter.

The Bnos Menachem School for Girls on East New York Avenue installed the door last week -- the first door of 90 planned for the yeshiva -- by Israeli manufacturer Remo Security Doors.

Aside from being made from galvanized steel and its bullet-resistant windows, the doors weigh 150 pounds and are fortified inside by metal bars. They may also be locked from the inside with a thumb turn. Electricity is not required for them to operate fully. 

"No weapon will open the door," Remo Security Doors president Omer Barnes told The New York Post. He claimed a shooter could not enter the school. 

Each door costs $2,500, but as a religious institution, it received about $150,000 in a state Homeland Security grant.

“I think it’s great,” a mother whose daughter goes to Bnos Menachem told the Post. “It’s a very secure feeling to know that there’s a security measure and that they’re really thinking about the safety of the children.”

The company has already put in 45 security doors in Harrington Park, New Jersey.