What 1 Student is Doing to Prevent School Shootings

What 1 Student is Doing to Prevent School Shootings


Last year, Justin Rivard, went through an “active school-shooting” at Somerset High School in Wisconsin. Then, a junior, Justin helped his teacher barricade his classroom door with a table. He was astute enough to notice that the table would have been worthless, if it had been a real scenario.  He further realized that most classroom across the country were relying on similar defenses.

Fortunately, Justin was enrolled in a welding class. He knew there was a better answer. Since one didn’t exist in the martket place, he set out to create one.  He worked on this product for months. After several failures and several prototypes, he had his new invention. He cleverly calls it the “Justin-Kase.” He then spent the summer making about a hundred of these devices.  His own district purchased so many that he ran out of product.

To see more on this new invention, please see the following video.

Joe’s Perspective: Justin’s principal calls it a “game-changer.” I’d say so. Selling at a retail price of $95, this device will be in millions of classrooms soon. It gives would-be-victims a fighting chance in the event of a school shooting. This device will keep students and teachers safe.

To think that this device came from the mind of a 17-year-old high school student is absolutely amazing. I am so impressed. He recognized a problem and set out to solve it. While Congress debates, communities pray and school districts plan, Justin got to work. Look at what one person can do with a little ingenuity, wisdom, fortitude and desire. What a tremendous example for all of us to follow.

Your Turn: What is your opinion of Justin and this new invention?

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