Could door stops protect students?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas has many Tennesseans wondering what they can do to keep students safe.

Nightlock doorstops have been available for nearly a decade and are believed to have saved lives during the 2021 Oxford High School shooting in Michigan. Interest in the doorstops is growing locally.

Jack and Joe Taylor are the co-founders of Nightlock. They say their products were originally used for residential purposes. It was another tragic school shooting that led to the installation of their products in schools. “After Sandy Hook happened in Connecticut, schools started calling us to use our Nightlock door barricades on classroom doors.”

Nightlock offers two types of doorstops for classroom use. They cost between $50 and $70 per doorstop, and the company has staff to answer questions. “Many parents want to collect donations. Many PTAs involve parents. It’s very easy to raise funds for this because we have 25 children in one class. It only costs a few dollars per child. That is why we are happy to help and share our experiences with other parents and schools.”

Thousands of schools have installed Nighlock doorstops, including some in Middle Tennessee. Perry County Schools principal Eric Lomax said it was a community effort to get them in place. “We installed them right after Sandy Hook. And today, so it was probably seven, eight years ago,” Lomax told News 2.

Lomax says there was a lot of local support for the installation: “Sheriff Nick Weems was a big part of it. Help get the locks in our schools. And then we actually raised the money community-wide. We raised the money to put them all in all the buildings. The sheriff’s office had some trustees come out after hours and install them.”

Other schools in Middle Tennessee are taking note and are looking at ways to increase safety measures. It’s a system that John Little, Metro Nashville school board member for District 4, addresses.

“When I heard about the idea, the first thing that came to mind was an extra layer of security. And I think something like a doorstop will go to a really good cause,” Little said.

Little has already started looking into ways to make room in the budget for Nightlock doorstops. “I think given the things that happened in central Texas [Tuesday], I don’t think money would or should be the problem. I think if we look at maybe leftover assets or even the general household, if we value the lives of our children and others and we look at the expenses, I think money shouldn’t be an issue. I don’t think it will be a problem either.”

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Little also plans to hold a community meeting in his district soon to give parents and concerned community members an opportunity to voice their concerns. Could door stops protect students?

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