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.

On Feb. 6, Pastel discussed the findings of the district's investigation into the Jan. 29 incident at Boynton Middle School.

She declined to discuss


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