Every school is looking for affordable ways to lock their classroom doors in an intruder situation. A group of students at Benjamin Banneker High School in Washington, D.C. have designed the “DeadStop”, a device that clamps onto the door closer arm to prevent the door from being opened.
I don’t like to rain on anyone’s parade, but not only does the device inhibit egress, it only works if the door has a closer. According to NBC News, “Harvey, Antrom and their teammates were awarded up to $10,000 in grant funding from the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Program earlier this month to help develop the locks. A law firm from Denver has already offered the team pro bono services to patent the invention. When completed, individual units should sell for between $10 and $15, cheap enough for wide adoption.”
Several high-level news outlets have picked up the story…
Students Invent Lock to Stop School Shooters – Mashable (check out the photo used with this article)
Students Invent Lock to Stop School Shooters – Discovery News
Thank you to Lee Francisco of DH Pace for sending one of these articles my way. Even though it made me depressed.