UCLA Students Cleverly Rig Doors Without Locks During Campus Shooting

Cierra Bailey
Engineering students at UCLA were forced to get creative when their campus went into lockdown after an active shooter opened fire in the building.


Amid the shooting that occurred Wednesday on the campus of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the entire school went on lockdown and students were asked to remain in place.

A major issue with students obeying those instructions was the fact that many of the doors in the Engineering IV building — where the shooting took place — don’t lock from the inside.

Several of the engineering students were left with no choice but to creatively reinforce the doors to keep everyone safe.

Although the shooting has now been confirmed by LAPD and various news outlets as a murder-suicide and not a mass shooting, the students reacted appropriately in the face of imminent danger. 

The students used the resources they had at their fingertips and created barricades and locking mechanisms to keep any unwanted people out of the classrooms.

A few of these quick-thinking future engineers posted photos of their clever rigging skills on social media as the incident unfolded in real-time.

Despite the tragic circumstance, the students’ inventiveness under pressure is a good indicator that they know how to make good use of the education they’re receiving and can apply their field of study to real life in a heroic way.

The campus-wide lockdown has since been lifted after confirmation of the shooter’s death and verification that no other suspects were at large. 

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