The massacre, which claimed the lives of 17 people in Parkland, Florida, has once again sparked a national conversation on safety in schools.
The possibility of a school shooting is a horrible reality, but one that schoolchildren have to face as they enter their classrooms every single day.
Teachers know the protocol to follow. They gather any stray students from the hallway, lock the door, turn off the lights, and hide the students away from the door. But what if the door doesn’t lock? Or what if the gunman shoots out the lock? Then what?
One aunt has the answer: rubber doorstops.
It’s a heavy topic to discuss, but knowing what to do in case of an emergency is important. This aunt wants everyone to know that simple rubber doorstops could save their lives.
Katie Cornelis shared a post on Facebook on February 15, 2018, just one day after a teen shooter went on a rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Her post immediately got a lot of attention. Within just a few days, it was liked over 600,000 times and shared by almost 1.4 million people.
Alongside the simple image of a rubber doorstop, Katie wrote:
After the Sandy Hook shooting, I gave both my nieces this little door stop to always keep in their backpacks.
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.
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.
When she saw how many people were moved by her post, Katie wrote on Facebook once again.
Wow. I’m pretty blown away by the number of shares this has gotten, all the friend requests, and messages I’ve received from people all over the US!!
Strangers are reaching out thanking me and sharing stories.
I, just like anyone else, only want to help keep children safe and today my heart is pretty warm and full after a few days of feeling pretty sad and powerless.
Any help we can extend to one another is a beautiful thing.
Be safe and love to all.
A rubber doorstop is small and inexpensive, but it could actually save your life in a situation like a school shooting.