A woman’s social media post about giving her nieces door stoppers to help prevent a shooter from entering their classroom went viral.
Katie Cornelis took to Facebook after the Parkland, Florida, massacre, explaining that she originally came up with the door stopper idea after Sandy Hook in 2012.
“It truly pained me when I handed it to them, and I didn’t want to scare them, but it was out of love and they understood,” she wrote. She continued with details about an idea she had:
In light of the recent shooting, I wanted to share this with all parents…and ANYONE else for that matter…to get themselves one (I always carry mine in my purse). Sure it’s small, but it can be powerful in keeping you safe if you ever have to barricade yourself in a room. If a gunman shoots out the door lock it will still keep the door from opening and may just buy you some time. I’m really sad posting this but a security expert shared this tip with me so I wanted to pass it on. I pray no one ever has to use it.
Cornelis’ post quickly went viral, with many expressing sadness over the fact that something like that even needed to be considered when dealing with children.
“Great idea Katie …. unfortunately this is the world we are living in but it doesn’t hurt to try to be as safe as possible,” one Facebook user commented in response to the woman’s post.
“Katie can’t believe I’m seeing this shared by some of my friends now. Great advice. Thanks for the post,” another wrote.
“Hey Katie. Great share. Would have never thought of that. I hope some people with positions to make it happen in schools, superintendents, PTA’s etc… see this and invest in the $2 per, or less probably when bought in bulk, and put 1 or 2 in each classroom throughout schools in every state. And add training of placing this door stopper as part of each schools active shooter drills,” another added.
Some readers offered alternatives for schools to help keep students safe in case of an active shooter situation.
“Metal detectors should be installed in all schools. If it means getting to school earlier, then so be it. Federal buildings are equipped with metal detectors and all employees go through them. We should have the same safety for our children. What the hell are we paying taxes for? The safety and well being of our children (the future of our country) should be protected,” one Daily Mail reader commented.
“How about deadbolts on all school doors and a bar that drops down to cover it? Better to have locked front doors and require ID to enter via camera/intercom,” another wrote.
“Also, schools could have video surveillance, a couple of armed guards, and metal detectors … Basically, set up internal psychological screening/profiling, plus a perimeter for defense. Unfortunately, this is where we are,” another added.