The recent school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead and 15 injured, has the country dizzy with devastation. Lawmakers are in the midst of passing bills that are geared toward keeping the schools safe and this list of laws has included free firearms training for teachers, security guards posted on the exterior of school buildings and even the possibility of giving teachers the option to carry a concealed weapon while in the classroom.
But, the answer may come straight from a student himself.
Justin Rivard is a student at Somerset High School in Wisconsin, and while he still is only a teen, he just might have a promising future as an inventor. Evidently, Rivard came up with an idea for a safety product, that he has called the “JustinKase,” which is a device that doesn’t allow a door to open or be broken by gunshot, in the event of an emergency.
“Unlike other products, JustinKase does not allow a door to open even a crack which means students & staff can remain safe while emergency personnel race to the scene,” said Rivard, who is currently reaching out to schools to spread the word about the product that sells for $95 online. “You can lock a door with a lock, it can get shot out. You can lock a door with this, it can’t get shot out. You can’t get around it.”
The device, which Rivard built in shop class, slides under the door of the classroom and hugs the side of the doorframe, making it impossible to open the door. The idea came months before the Florida school shooting when Rivard saw the fault in his own classroom doors and instantly began brainstorming ways to fix that and be part of the solution. His teacher says that he is the rare combination of motivation and brains.
Rivard’s current school has already purchased 50 of the devices, one for each room in the Somerset High School building.
“We immediately, within a week of having these, went through an entire drill, all throughout the building, really walking through students and staff,” Somerset’s principal, Shannon Donnelly, said.
Word is spreading about Rivard’s invention and the Granstburg School District in Wisconsin has also purchased more than 50 devices.
So far the devices are proving to be a success and Rivard has yet to meet anyone who has been able to open a door when the safety product is attached to it.
“He truly believes that this device is going to save lives,” Donnelly said.
While Rivard hopes that these schools will never need to actually use the device, it’s comforting that they are there “just in case.”
“I want to leave an impact here, with the few months that I have left,” said Rivard, who is now seeing his legacy on every door in the district.
Commenters shared their thoughts on the invention…
“Great invention. So simple yet effective. And people keep saying we have reached the full potential.”
“Wow, a realistic strategy that doesn’t involve leaving law-abiding people defenseless. Liberals will hate it.”
Others are claiming that Rivard stole the idea…
“Copycat…lawsuit is coming toward this kid. The BILCO Company who made the barracuda dsi-1 intruder defense system will be calling him pretty soon. Good luck kid. You just bury yourself against the Top Dog and claim their product as your own invention and even selling them.”