It's called the Bearacade Door Control System, which slides onto the bottom of a door and holds the door shut.
A Hudson company hopes its new device will help keep kids safe from school shooters or other intruders. Some of the inspiration for the product came from the various school lock-down training offered to teachers and students. WKYC-TV
HUDSON -- A Hudson company hopes its new device will help keep kids safe from school shooters or other intruders.
Some of the inspiration for the product came from the various school lock-down training offered to teachers and students.
"They were really all over the place with training, from using a belt to hold the door shut, to standing by the door, to moving furniture to block the door," said Bill Cushwa, CEO of National School Control Systems, LLC.
So Cushwa and his partner, Dave Soulsby, created a better barricade.
It's called the Bearacade™ Door Control System, a device to hold the door shut.
The device is manufactured by Design Molded Plastics in Macedonia from a durable plastic polymer, that's been through rigorous tests.
"We shot this with a 12-gauge shotgun," said Soulsby, showing us the bullet-riddled plastic that was still wholly intact. "We even fired an AK-47 at it."
The device hangs by the door. In seconds, a teacher or student can slide it onto the bottom of the door to an attached stopper, which properly aligns a pin that's dropped into a pre-drilled hole in the floor.
"The anchor pin that we use can shear at 5,000 pounds of pressure," said Cushwa. "So anything up to that, it won't bend or break or bend over."
Mentor Local Schools plans to announce Wednesday, that the district will use Bearacade in all of its 15 buildings. Superintendent Matt Miller did not immediately have cost figures, however, Cushwa said it costs about $8,000 to outfit an average-sized high school. Individual Bearacades cost about $50.
Miller says the district's Parent Teacher Association was instrumental in getting the devices, and the funds will come from the district's pre-existing safety budget.
The company has sold its product to 2 districts in southern Ohio, and it is receiving interest from all over the country, including from the U.S. Capitol Police.
The advantage that Bearacade has over similar lock-down devices is that it works with almost every type of school door. The device's use is also visible from the outside, helping police know the room is secure.
"Police know, the shooter also knows that the door has been barricaded," said Soulsby.
While it doesn't solve the problem of school shooters, it is intended to stop one from ever getting into a classroom.
"To even have to invent something for this is sad," said Cushwa. "But it wasn't enough for us to put our heads in the sand and say that there's nothing we can do about it."