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A Teacher Invents a Brilliant Device to Stop a Gunman in His Tracks (VIDEO)

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.



  1. Norm says:

    This is just as good.
    Take a 4 ft 2X4 and secure it with metal hook on each side of the door. Farmers use it always

  2. Lindsey says:

    This could double as protection from a velociraptor!!

  3. Michael says:

    A few cans of Wasp spray are very handy in temporarily blinding intruders if needed. Best of all they are inexpensive, not illegal, and can squirt 20 feet.

  4. Robert says:

    I worked in the commercial nuclear power industry and have been retired for 6 years. Our security devices included that same hook and cable for chain linked fence gates that were within the secured area but allowed people with security clearance to access the vital areas that were fenced in. It’s purpose is to slow down intruders who have gained unauthorized access. We were using that for security more than 10 years ago. I don’t think she will be able to patent it.

  5. Ed says:

    70 dollars??? What a rip off! Everything can be bought at Home Depot or Lowes for Less than $20 dollars!!!!

  6. Eric says:

    Just use a regular deadbolt lock. turn open from inside and key entry from hall way… Easy fix… Don not spend $70 for ignorance. I know there may be fire codes for all locks however there needs to be safety precautions.

  7. Urkillinme says:

    So what’s next??? You going to tell us 9/11 never happened either?? My goodness.

  8. Donna says:

    Great idea and I support her totally. What could only be needed now is a bullet proof door and window to go along with it.

  9. Ryan says:

    not gonna stop him from shooting out that small window and then shooting everyone that way

  10. John says:

    This is NOT an invention! It is an idea! A cable hung from the door handle to an I hook is in no way an invention. Oh,and by the way…Sandy Hook NEVER happened. Nobody was shot and killed. You people need to stop believing everything the media and the government shoves down your throat!

    1. Michael says:

      Where have you been and what are you sniffing?. Sandy Hook most certainly DID happen!.

  11. Candy says:

    Good idea, but it needs to be on the INSIDE of the classroom door!!!!

  12. Candy says:

    Good idea, but it needs to be on the INSIDE of the classroom door!

    1. John says:

      It IS on the inside! What are you looking at?

  13. Jeff says:

    how is this better than a regular door lock? At least with a door lock, if a kid locks himself into a room, someone with a key can get in. If some kid locks himself in the room with this one, the ‘access’ cost will likely be a broken door.

    1. Mehrdad says:

      Indeed! Just a simple regular door lock would do the job much better! Are all the school teachers this bright? Is this the best result of nights after nights tossing & turning & thinking?? (according to her)! No wonder we have problem with our educational system!!!!!!

  14. Corey says:

    Too bad that sandy hook was bogus. It never happened. It was a publicity stunt that was a deliberate attack on the second amendment. Look at the facts stop believing the media that’s what’s wrong with this country. You believe what the first person tells you… Find your own truth..
    Don’t get me wrong glad they’re making things to stop a gunman but it’s not likely they will ever have a school shooting..

    1. Daune says:

      WELL COME ON fall for first????it was a very big deal what was anyone to think????i still do not know what the truth is—–show how this is proven please!!! where there not deaths etc.?? always looking for the truth the real truth???

  15. Rani says:

    I absolutely support teacher’s / schools protecting children and themselves! What I can’t understand is how the friend Alex Israel (Sandy Hook) is now the sister of beheaded James Foley………..I would just like to get the truth! http://youtu.be/um9R9cKBCcE

  16. Chris says:

    This teacher didnt “invent” anything. this is a bike lock cable and a carabiner both of which can be bought for about $20 combined.

    1. Che says:

      So why didn’t you come up with it?