Here's why leaving a doorstop in your child's backpack could save lives

Because sometimes you have to prepare for the worst ...

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Although no era was 100% safe, we must say: with all the shootings that happen in schools, in the United States among others (400 students killed or wounded since 2000! ), it is natural to be worried, as a parent.

The tragedy caused by a 19-year-old gunman in Florida is unfortunately not the only one. It has become common to see this kind of bad news in the media.

We can not change laws or prevent crimes. But here's something that could save lives in an event of a school shooting. To do so, we must put an object in our bag or in the backpack of our child.

Facebook -Katie Cornelis

Just after the Parkland tragedy, a woman named Katie Cornelis posted a photo on her Facebook page of a rubber doorstop, which is used to block doors, with this advice:

" After the Sandy Hook shooting, I gave both my nieces this little doorstop 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. "

But how could a small object of this kind keep a class of children safe?

Here is Katie's explanation:

" 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.. "

The TipHero website checked the effectiveness of a doorstop in such a situation. Interestingly, the doorstops seem to have the effect of some expensive security systems that are currently marketed to schools.

In 2016, the Huffington Post published an article on security devices that could save lives in the event of a school shooting. One of them, called "The Sleeve", is essentially a high-tech version of the doorstop. It secures a door from the inside, which effectively locks it, thus cutting off contact from anyone who may attempt to break into the room.

The post of this lady is now viral. It has been shared more than a million and a half times on Facebook, and the story has been picked up by the media around the world.

After the Sandy Hook shooting, I gave both my nieces this little door stop to always keep in their backpacks. It truly...

Posted by Katie Cornelis on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Although Katie Cornelis claims to be blown away by the number of people her post has attracted, she writes that she just wants to help keep the kids safe and feels that any help we can extend to one another is a beautiful thing.

We can only agree with that. Although the idea that our children must resort to the use of doorstops as protection is disturbing, it is important that we give our children useful resources. Keep our children safe!

Will you give a doorstop to your child? Or ask his/her teacher to keep one in class?