Aunt Encourages Kids to Carry Doorstops in Their Backpacks Following Florida School Shooting

An aunt from Connecticut named Katie Cornelis took to Facebook to educate parents and all caregivers about a safety tip that could help save innocent lives. 

An aunt from Connecticut named Katie Cornelis took to Facebook to educate parents and all caregivers about a safety tip that could help save innocent lives.

After the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, a woman named Katie Cornelis took to social media to share a safety hack she says she learned from a security expert. Now, following the senseless mass shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Cornelis has reposted her advice on February 15 with the hope that it could save innocent children and educators' lives.

"After the Sandy Hook shooting, I gave both my nieces this little door stop to always keep in their backpacks," Cornelis explains in her Facebook post. "It truly pained me when I handed it to them, and I didn’t want to scare them, but it was out of love and they understood. In light of the recent shooting, I wanted to share this with all parents...and ANYONE else for that matter...to get themselves one (I always carry mine in my purse)."

She goes on to explain that although the doorstop is small, "it can be powerful in keeping you safe if you ever have to barricade yourself in a room. If a gunman shoots out the door lock it will still keep the door from opening and may just buy you some time." 

Cornelis expressed that she's "really sad posting this," but she felt compelled to "pass it on." She concluded, "I pray no one ever has to use it ?."

Since Cornelis published the post, it has been shared over 1.4 million times. The proud aunt is not only stunned by the response but inspired and motivated, as well. In a follow-up post shared on February 16, she wrote, "I'm on a mission now to get this message to schools across America so each classroom will have one and every child will have one in their backpacks. Thanks for all the help everyone. There IS strength in numbers. Keep it going!! #actionsnotjustprayers." 

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