Students Invent Simple But Brilliant Way to Thwart School Shootings

While adults wrench their hands with debate and policy wonk, the kids figure a way to protect themselves

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If necessity is the mother of invention, the constant threat of school violence can apparently inspire innovation, thanks to a group of Washington D.C. high schoolers.

Students at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, whose building’s doors do not have side locks as a precaution for fire safety, watched the events at Sandy Hook Elementary and wondered if anything like that could happen at their school. So a team of the students designed what they called a “DeadStop,” a device that clasps around the v-shaped hinge attached to the closer mechanism on their school’s doors and prevents an intruder from entering a room.

“So many kids and adults were killed [in the Sandy Hook shooting],” Banneker junior Deonté Antrom told NBC news. “So we got together and we wanted to know how we could stop intruders from entering our school.” While not the first emergency door stopper, the DeadStop solves the problem of the device being used to lock a teacher out.

“The device we have is detachable,” classmate Anjreyev Harvey explained. “It will just be in the teacher’s desk and when there is an announcement that there is a shooter in the building, they will be able to take it out and simply install it on the hinge.”

The team behind the DeadStop was given a $10,000 grant by the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Program to develop the locks, and a Denver law firm will work with them pro bono on the patent. When they perfect the product, the items will sell for about $10 to $15 each.

47 comments
ParkerGabriel
ParkerGabriel

There is no safety measure so infallible that an evil enough monster will never find a way to negate it and not only reinstate any previous danger but also aggravate it to worse AFTER than it was BEFORE.

anti-government
anti-government

Or, we could get rid of all the guns. Mass murders don't happen very often in America without guns.

GET RID OF GUNS

GET RID OF GUN VIOLENCE

IT ONLY SEEMS COMPLICATED IF YOU'VE BEEN BRAINWASHED BY THE NRA.

applestooranges
applestooranges

Or or... let responsible teachers carry concealed in schools so they can actually protect the students they are responsible for instead of just using their own bodies as meat shields.

ashablue78
ashablue78

this shouldn't even be a problem, schools should be safe from any harm, but this is where society is and its sad.

RupertChappelle
RupertChappelle

Stop giving kids drugs like antidepressants - that takes care of the mass shooters followed by an arrest or suicide and legalize drugs to stop the money which drives gangs that deal in drugs and makes owning a weapon and defending your turf an inevitable result of gangster culture.


While those are doable, the MSM foists off entertainment that glorifies gangster behaviors, business and lifestyles and HOLLYWOOD will never stop giving kids bad role models - it's their JOB.

Jay_Warner
Jay_Warner

 "Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, whose building’s doors do not have side locks as a precaution for fire safety…"  You mean fire safety requires the doors to be open from the outside?  I think part of the problem is that _all_ the doors need to open only from the inside during the school day.

BSF1
BSF1

No one wants to ban all guns, just assault rifles that can kill hundreds in just minutes. (That's what they were designed for, remember?) Also, try to keep guns out of the hands of nut-cases.

tartofdarkn3ss
tartofdarkn3ss

One of the most difficult things in the school where I worked was dealing with lockdowns.  Our classrooms could only be locked so that someone outside could not enter, by opening the door and locking it with a key from the outside.  This would be 100% better than opening your door and drawing the shooter's attention.

Wallnuts
Wallnuts

Sure would have been nice if the author provided a picture, not of a gun but the device.  This type of empty-headness amazes me!

PepePinguita2
PepePinguita2

This is stupid. What if the shooter is INSIDE the room?  Society has gotten so sick, we need to address school safety with the same degree of seriousness as we do airplane safety. a strict secrrity perimeter where NOBODY gets in armed with either a gun or knife.

NickDonnelly1
NickDonnelly1

Yeah - Sandy hook was a hoax - so fake, just look into any of it. Seriously - before you dismiss it - there was no evidence, no death photos, no anything at all. It was all fakes by the Obama administration (who I generally support) - to get gun control in (I also support gun control).

WOW how fake is this? Wake up people NOW.

cooploops420
cooploops420

How about taking advantage of technology we have now and get rid of old ways of schooling and have modern online schooling and home schooling.

RJWinUK
RJWinUK

"when there is an announcement that there is a shooter in the building, they will be able to take it out and simply install it on the hinge.”

So when a teacher hears all the children in the next class being shot dead they simply block the door. Wow problem solved so just one class full of kids die. Say 25 children. So much better than banning guns. What's 25 kids twice a year forever. Nothing eh gun lovers. 

how messed up does a country have to be to think this is a good idea rather than getting rid of guns to protect their children. Seriously what is wrong with them? These are your children why don't you want to protect them from getting shot?  


StephenDing
StephenDing

My question is: what if the shooter comes from within the classroom? Sure, it's reasonable to assume that the shooter come from outside and would roam the hallways. But what if a shooter starts from inside the classroom rather than outside of it? then you'd have to pray that he could be restrained and no one gets hurt

MerryMarjie
MerryMarjie

How is it that high schoolers devised a cheap and reasonable deterrent to gunmen bursting into classrooms when certainly law enforcement employees and others have tried to conceive of such a solution? This device sounds deceptively simple, and bravos to the teenagers who came up with the idea. I hope they get a commission on sales for every lock!

bigodfw
bigodfw

@anti-government yes make guns illegal they should also make drinking and driving illegal.  When a nut job with a stolen gun starts shooting near you one day go ahead and call the police and pray they get there in less than a minute before someone caps you. 

anti-government
anti-government

@applestooranges This fool must be from Texas, home of  gun-toting boobs who think violence solves problems.

We have too many guns already and you want to issue them to teachers?

Fastjalapeno
Fastjalapeno

@RupertChappelle Shut up. You know absolutely nothing about these people's lives prior to their outburst. To simply blame the media, drugs, and culture makes you sound like an ignorant prick.

Clark_Nova
Clark_Nova

@BSF1 No one has ever used a REAL assault rifle in a school shooting in the US. I'm using the REAL DoD definition of the term here, not the yellow journalism definition.

And actually, REAL assault rifles aren't meant for killing when used in combat. They're primarily for suppressive fire to make the enemy keep their heads down and not move around. They're too inaccurate for actually hitting a specific target more than a few meters away.

tkulaga
tkulaga

@BSF1 Who determines who is and who is not a "nut case"?

CharlesRayBatchelor
CharlesRayBatchelor

@Wallnuts That would be really stupid of them, provide a picture so some company can rush to patent it before they do.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@PepePinguita2  Seriously?  IF they're INSIDE the classroom, the teacher is gonna get whacked anyhow.  What, do you want to arm the kids?  I thought the point was to keep guns away from the kids, not have a teacher start busting caps at some gun-toting twit.  Seems to me the idea isn't necessarily to deal with the gun-toting twit inside the classroom, but to deal with keeping the classrooms he's NOT in safe from him going into them.

You're never going to stop "weapons" from entering a school.  I can get dozens already inside from any school I choose, even if they have detectors or pat-downs or even strip searches.  Know what people call pencils when they're sticking out of a body part?  

"Weapons".

Good luck with that plan there...  Let the world know if you actually find a cost-effective way of dealing with the issue.  Yours ain't it.  

But this hinge lock idea is a hell of a lot better than nothing since it's cost effective and allows the students to shelter in site in relative safety.  Beefing up the doors so that they can't be shot through would be good, but most shooters don't think about that, so a cost/benefit analysis on that might be in order.

Let's not break the bank spending more on security than on education like we do on the military in this country, please.

PhilCooper
PhilCooper

@JakeHo It's easier, faster and cheaper to train school staff and arm them with firearms, and stop designating schools as "gun-free zones".  The crazies who cause mass mayhem are drawn to gun-free zones like flies to you-know-what.

BSF1
BSF1

@NickDonnelly1 Are you high or something? Give you the benefit of the doubt: this was sarcasm, right??

PhilCooper
PhilCooper

@cooploops420 Perhaps you're not old enough to remember PLATO from Control Data Corporation.  It was supposed to be the next big thing in computer-assisted education in the early 1970s.  It's not around anymore, because it required educators to become experts in computer programming.  People don't become teachers in order to program computers, so any new push in this direction isn't likely to be successful.  It doesn't matter whether it's online or requires students to travel to a classroom and sit at a computer terminal.

AaronSchutte
AaronSchutte

@RJWinUK What a despicable comment. As if any legal gun owner would say 25 kids being murdered at school is "nothing." 

Why don't we test gun control, say Chicago or Washington DC, to see if banning guns works. Wait, that has happened and those are the highest murder rates in the nation.

Also, guns stop hundreds of attacks and rapes every day - for forever. Should Americans who believe in the Constitution say you don't care about stopping thousands of rapes a year? No, because we are decent people.

drew5500
drew5500

@RJWinUK what a brilliant idea you have, except one problem.  Your law abiding citizens will turn in their guns, but the criminals are going to keep theirs.  So you're better off arming teachers and getting rid of the gun free zones if you really love your children.  Twit.

codyamann
codyamann

@StephenDing (S)he is an active shooter. restraining them is out of the question. Also, any situation with an active shooter is a kinetic situation. You have no way of negotiation or communication. They are not thinking rationlaly even if you did somehow establish communications. Remember, a shooter is someone who is actively attempting to kill or maim others. Aiming center of mass is about the only way to stop an active shooter.

CharlesRayBatchelor
CharlesRayBatchelor

@StephenDing The only way you going to get what you want is either armed teachers/ guards in each room (every room) or some automated system that will pop anyone committing a violent act, good luck with either of those.

CharlesRayBatchelor
CharlesRayBatchelor

@MerryMarjie It's too inexpensive, don't you know..we must have some system that costs millions or billions so they can have another excuse to raise more taxes.

DavidPittelli
DavidPittelli

@Clark_Nova @BSF1


Very few .223 rifles are inaccurate as you describe. And real assault rifles have selective fire, so they can be used as (accurate) semi-automatics, as well as in full-auto mode.

doc444
doc444

@@BSF1 @@NickDonnelly1 I wish it was but if you look at the over all picture of what these morons have been saying since Obama was elected you would know its how they think (if you can call that thinking)

barneydidit
barneydidit

@AaronSchutte @RJWinUK Where do the people in Chicago get their guns Aaron? They get them from Ohio where you can walk down the street to a shop and buy 5 with virtually no questions asked, or they get them from other parts of Ill. at a gun show where again...virtually no questions are asked. 

Anna888
Anna888

@drew5500 @RJWinUK Have you noticed that the kids in all those schools were killed by people who just snapped, not hardened criminals? Hey, the guy at Sandy Hook Elementary used his mom's legally acquired gun!  The gun laws in U.S. ARE a problem. People like you are a problem. 

CharlesRayBatchelor
CharlesRayBatchelor

@barneydidit @AaronSchutte @RJWinUK No, the law abiding people get them from gun dealers in OH, IL, ID, and any other place that they can legally purchase them.  Criminals get them from other criminals, from house they rob, and any other source they can illegally get them from.

codyamann
codyamann

@Anna888 @drew5500 @RJWinUK  Anna, have you ever been to a gunshow? There is a reason gun-shows do not experience shootings (and by that I mean intentional killings, not those idiots who accidentally discharge their weapon . It is because every single person there is carrying a weapon, and all they have to do is snip that zip tie  seat the magazine, and that shooter will be dead before he has even started. On the other hand, a school is a soft target, with at most 3 officers armed with 9 millimeter pistols. The shooter is essentially invincible until more heavily armed police units arrive to eliminate said shooter. I feel safer at a gun show, where everyone is carrying a rifle than I do in school, where I may not even carry a pocket knife for self defense.

CharlesRayBatchelor
CharlesRayBatchelor

@Anna888 @drew5500 @RJWinUK The problem isn't the gun laws, the problem is the enforcement of those laws and that we allow crazy people to roam free and not put them in Institutions like we did in the 60's.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@Anna888 @drew5500 @RJWinUK So someone being able to get their hands on a couple of high powered semi-automatic rifles with 20 round clips isn't the problem...the problem is people snap?