In the wake of the most recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a Connecticut woman’s Facebook post about sending both of her nieces to school with door stoppers in their back pack’s is going viral. “Sure it’s small, but it can be powerful in keeping you safe if you ever have to barricade yourself in a room,” wrote Katie Cornelis in a post now read by millions. “If a gunman shoots out the door lock it will still keep the door from opening and may just buy you some time.”
The story behind the post actually dates back to right after the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012. Cornelis gave her nieces door stops after learning that students and teachers had struggled to barricade doors. She described doing this with a heavy heart. And she was not alone. After the shooting in Parkland, a Wisconsin high school senior named Justin Rivard was inspired to create the “JustinKase.” in his shop class. The “JustinKase.” is essentially an enormous deadbolt. Steel plates and rods are placed underneath a door and then connected to the door’s jamb (the vertical part of a door frame to which a door is secured). As a result, even if the lock is compromised, no one can force the door open. According to Syracuse.com, a Minneapolis high school has already purchased 50 of Rivard’s devices which currently selling online for $95 each.
After being shared close to 1.5 million times, Cornelis’ followed up saying that she was “on a mission now to get this message to schools across America so each classroom will have one and every child will have one in their backpacks.”