- The Washington Times - Friday, February 23, 2018

A Wisconsin high school student is receiving widespread attention after inventing a door device that could potentially save lives during a shooting.

The “JustinKase,” created by Somerset High School senior Justin Rivard, slips beneath a classroom door and latches to the door jam in a matter of seconds, preventing the door from opening even a crack.

“You can lock a door with a lock, it can get shot out,” Mr. Rivard told a local NBC affiliate. “You can lock a door with this, it can’t get shot out. You can’t get around it.”

The JustinKase has garnered national headlines in the wake of last week’s mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that claimed 17 lives.

The JustinKase website states: “If news reports are correct, the Parkland FL school shooter attempted to shoot the door handle area as a method to debilitate door locks and access the classrooms. The JustinKase active shooter device secures at the bottom of the door which means we are not dependent on the door latch system which increases protection vs door locks.”

Mr. Rivard’s school ordered 50 of them, one for every classroom in the building, at $95 a pop, NBC reported.

“We started with the high school, then went to the middle school, then the elementary school,” said Shannon Donnelly, Somerset’s principal. “We immediately, within a week of having these, went through an entire drill, all throughout the building, really walking through students and staff.”

The nearby Grantsburg School District also put in an order of more than 100 devices.

Mr. Rivard is waiting for approval on his patent application, NBC reported. He said he is enlisted to serve in the Army in July, so he will be turning his business over to his father after graduation this spring.

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