Muscatine, Iowa (WQAD) – It’s the last thing a teacher wants to have to think about: what to do in case a shooter is in the building.
Mass shootings in the past year like Sandy Hook, and the one at an Oregon high school on Tuesday, have led a few middle school teachers in Muscatine, Iowa to take action and invent a device that will protect their classrooms.
“The Sleeve” is a 12-gauge carbon steel case that fits around the door’s closer arm, securing the door from the inside. The Sleeve can withstand more than 550 foot-pounds of force, making it nearly impossible to open from the outside, WQAD reports.
Daniel Nietzel, a teacher at West Middle School in Muscatine, got the idea from the school’s active shooter training.
“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 Nietzel.
“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,” Nietzel said.
That’s when Nietzel and his colleagues formed the company, Fighting Chance Solutions, and began designing blueprints for The Sleeve. He said it’s been 10 months in the making, but they finally have it ready and waiting for patent.
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