Student’s death prompts examination of automatic door use

The death of a 12-year-old student crushed by a motorized door has raised questions about the safe operation of such devices, which are fairly common in schools.

Rashad Richardson was looking for a teacher to give him a hall pass when he was crushed between a wall and a motorized room divider, said Ithaca, N.Y., City School District Superintendent Judith Pastel.

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