This is another one of my "I'm writing a scenario and would enjoy a little kibitzing" threads. It's a modern day one shot. The PCs are children between the ages of 8 and 14, both genders. They are in a small, self-contained in patient pediatric psych ward at an urban hospital. These are moderately disturbed children under short term lockdown for observation and/or stabilization: suicide attempts, psychotic breaks, acting out from abuse, self-cutters. No one dangerous to others, they may be dangerous to themselves.
The entire ward is in one wing of one floor, locked down with a double buzz in access door, and up several stories. Don't worry about anyone getting out; for reasons I don't want to get into, they're not getting out. They can try to call out or email out but that will not do any good, for reasons I don't want to get into. Brief Internet access might happen if they play their cards just right (its complicated). There are some research opportunities in the medical intake files and psych literature in the psychiatrist's office.
At the back of the wing through another security door is an isolation ward for violently disturbed patients, along with a treatment room.
Something awful happens. The adult staff is butchered; maybe there is one horribly injured one clinging to life. The children/PCs are essentially stuck on the ward itself. No meaningful help will be forthcoming from outside the ward.
I have read up on standard design manuals for psych wards.
What sorts of weapons, defensive measures, or other things could a determined group of children get their hands on if there is no staff intact enough to stop them? What other sorts of useful things might they get access to? There might be some sedatives that were being prepped for use lying about loose in the isolation ward, but I wouldn't think they would be likely to be kept in the locked ward at all (except maybe under lock and key in the treatment room)?