A Gunman Would Be Stopped in His Tracks by This Teacher’s Simple Invention

A Gunman Would Be Stopped in His Tracks by This Teacher’s Simple Invention

After the massacre at Sandy Hook, seventh-grade teacher Celisa Edwards began obsessing over how to keep her students safe. Now she’s created a safety tool to stop them from getting in.


“I tossed and turned night after night and it came to my mind. It’s simple,” she said. “Just make it so they can’t get in.”

Edwards designed the Portable Affordable Lockdown System, also known as PALS. Running for about $70, it’s a steel rope encased in plastic that can be placed on a door handle and latched to the eye bolt of a classroom wall, according to WGCL.

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She said it’s possible for school staff to secure a door in just seconds to keep an intruder from entering.

“I want this to be in every single school or classroom in America because it’s the only thing that’s quick and easy,” Edwards told the Gwinnett Daily Post. “Is it bulletproof? I don’t know. I know it’s better than a file cabinet and a desk. It’s better than putting myself and my children at risk.”

Sometimes you read about a new invention and wonder why no one has ever thought of it before. People seem to be catching onto the idea that when it comes to bad guys with guns, self-defense is the only option–even if it’s just a bulletproof door latch.

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