As the United States grapples with the scourge of gun violence continuing to afflict schools, and the nation’s lawmakers remain unwavering on the nation’s pro-guns stance, parents are trying to find ways to protect their children.
And one woman’s simple piece of advice involving a door stop has reverberated around the world.
Katie Cornelis described on Facebook how after the Sandy Hook primary school shooting in 2012, she gave her two nieces a small rubber door stop to always keep inside their backpacks. The idea behind it is that should a school shooting happen, and the classroom door swings inwards, the door stop can be used to keep the gunman out.
“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,” Cornelis wrote, alongside an image of a door stop in her hand.
"Sure it’s small, but 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."
The Conneticut said she was "really sad" to post her tip, but she felt compelled to share it as she received it from a "security expert" and she wanted to pass it along.
"I pray no one ever has to use it," she wrote.
Cornelis' post was originally written in mid-February in the wake of the Parkland shooting in Florida, which left 14 students and three staff dead. But her words have since resurfaced, and they have been shared by more than 1.4 million people on Facebook.