After so many high-profile school shootings in America during the past decade, schools are still fighting efforts to allow teachers to carry firearms into school. However, some teachers have been taking action to think up smart, life-saving ways for keeping their students safe.
Celisa Edwards, a 7th-grade teacher from Dacula, Georgia, who was so distrubred by the Sandy Hook Elementary that she was inspired to invent a device to stop intruders from entering classrooms.
“We don’t want an intruder to come on any campus. We want our children to be safe,” Edwards told WGCL-TV.
The school shooting at Sandy Hook in 2012 really bothered her. She felt she had to do something to try and keep children in a classroom safe if that ever happened again.
“I tossed and turned night after night,” Edwards said. “Then it just came to my mind, just make it so they can’t get in.”
That’s why she created a device that could secure a classroom door.
“This is the portable affordable lockdown system,” she said.
The portable affordable lockdown system, or PALS for short, is a steel rope encased in plastic. It can loop over a door handle and latch to an eye bolt in the wall, securing a door.
Edwards says in a matter of seconds a teacher could secure a classroom door from an intruder trying to get in.
“You can’t get in even if you push on the door or break the (door) window,” Edwards said.
Edwards says a patent is pending.
Via CBS 46
The device will cost about $70. A small price to pay to lock a door in seconds during an emergency.