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Cheap, simple device prevents shooters from entering classrooms, inventors say

A group of educators from Iowa developed a simple metal device that they say will keep a shooter out of a classroom and save lives in the event of a school shooting.
Shara Park, KSL Modified: June 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm •  Published: June 12, 2014
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A group of educators from Iowa developed a simple metal device that they say will keep a shooter out of a classroom and save lives in the event of a school shooting.

Daniel Nietzel is the president of Fighting Chance Solutions, a group of teachers and administrators that came together to develop equipment to protect students and teachers during an active shooter situation.

“It's a fact that we live in a society now where there is potential for you to be in the middle of a lesson and someone coming into your school with a gun to kill innocent children,” Nietzel said.

Nietzel helped create what is known as the Sleeve: a simple piece of metal that can be slipped on a door's hinges to lock it from the inside. It was created to protect students in the event of a school shooting and can resist up to 550 pounds of force.

"Being a school counselor, it really hits me,” said Edwin Colon, vice president of production at Fighting Chance Solutions. “You never want to deal with that and you cannot say that it will never happen here, the reality of the situation is that it can."



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