Its a horrible reality when we were given the statistics on school shootings. As of June 10th, there have been 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut! It is no surprise that some have decided to take action to lessen this horrible number!
A group of educators in West Middle School, Muscatine decided to create a "sleeve" make of carbon steel that would be used to slip over the door closer arm and prevent doors from being opened. This device could withstand 550 foot-pounds of pressure on the door from the outside. The idea is that if the door cannot be opened from the outside, the possible shooter could not enter into the room and move on. The Sleeve is set to go through its testing phase and awaiting approval.
“We were instructed to tie a belt or a cord around the closer arm. It seemed like a logical way to secure a door without having to go into the hallway, [but] it took us a long time to get a cord, stand on a chair, and tie a knot, which could potentially be the most important tie of your life,” said an educator. When speaking of The Sleeve, “I can tell you in our training, all five rooms that the teachers were trained in; the doors were breached, the cords were ripped, and the officer who was portraying the active shooter came in and killed all of us.”
The Sleeve can be purchased online for $65 and can be bought in bulk at FightingChanceSolutions.com