Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu December 18, 2014
PHOTO BY: Eilish Palmer

Conway school resource officer Daniel Hogan, left, and Assistant Principal Wesley Scroggin stand with a sample of a door and the security lockdown device they created and patented. The product was manufactured in Conway and rolled out this month, which coincidentally is the two-year anniversary of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Scroggin said the idea of the device is to “buy time” for teachers and staff.

‘Peace of mind’

Educator, police officer patent door-locking device

Officer Daniel Hogan of the Conway Police Department said he sometimes has a terrible thought when he drops off his two sons at elementary school: Will he see them at the end of the day, or will there be a school shooting? Hogan, a school resource officer at Conway Junior High School, and Wesley Scroggin, assistant principal at Carl Stuart Middle School in Conway, have patented a door-locking device that Scroggin designed. Hogan said it... READ MORE

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