New Amish Schoolhouse Won’t Have Additional Security

NICKEL MINES, Pa. – School security will not be increased at an Amish town even after a deadly shooting occured there that resulted in the slaying of 10 girls.

The Amish lack many of the technologically advanced amenities so common in other parts of the nation, and use simple locks to secure their schoolhouses.

On Oct. 2 at the West Nickel Mines Amish School, a 32-year-old dairy truck driver shot and killed 10 female students in a one-room Amish schoolhouse in eastern Lancaster County, Pa. Charles Carl Roberts parked his pickup truck outside and ran into the schoolhouse, making threats. He ordered the boys and adults out of the classroom and lined up the girls against the chalk board where he bound them and then shot them in the head execution style.

After the massacre, the schoolhouse where the incident took place was razed by the community. A new schoolhouse located only a few hundred yards from the scene of the tragedy is being built and is just about complete. It will have locks but no other security.

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