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Cleveland, Tenn., school designed to be one of the safest in U.S.

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CLEVELAND, TN (Times Free Press) -

Cleveland, Tenn.'s newest elementary school may be, structurally speaking, one of the safest in the nation when it opens in 2015.

The school, still in the conceptual stage, will include a reinforced safe room in each classroom. The closet-type rooms will lock from the inside, providing protection from storms and intruders alike.

Both natural and manmade threats at schools weighed on the nation's consciousness during the 2012-13 academic year, when 26 innocents were gunned down in a Newtown, Conn., school and the bodies of seven children were pulled out of an Oklahoma elementary school that took a direct hit from an EF5 tornado.

You can read more on this story from our partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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