"Every new school built in every county in West Virginia at the very least will have shatterproof glass that will withstand a shotgun blast or a direct shot," Manchin said. "It would not allow for an individual to enter a building and will allow at least three to five minutes regardless of what that individual chooses to do once they enter the building."
The School Building Authority first announced its newest plans for increased security during a school safety summit in Charleston in February following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn.
Nearly all of the state's 683 schools already have keyless door locking devices, thanks to $30 million appropriated by the Legislature for school safety in 2010.
As of February, only about 30 percent of schools had one designated secure entrance.
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